Initial policy development underway.
That a comprehensive assessment of the cultural impacts of any onshore shale gas industry must be completed prior to the grant of any production approvals. The cultural assessment must:
- be designed in consultation with Land Councils and AAPA;
- engage traditional Aboriginal owners, native title holders and the affected Aboriginal communities, and be conducted in accordance with world-leading practice; and
- be resourced by the gas industry.
To be completed by end December 2021.
Action item update
A framework for undertaking a Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment (SREBA) has been developed and a consultation draft will be released in late 2019 for public comment. This framework will be finalised in early 2020 after public feedback has been considered.
This framework includes the requirement to undertake a cultural impact assessment of areas that require a SREBA.