11.8

Progress

25%

25% Complete.

Government approval of policy/process development.

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.
Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2022.

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Ensuring respectful consultation, information, and negotiation
Lead agency
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Action item update

Implementation progress

A Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment (SREBA) Framework has been developed. The consultation draft was available for public comment from 9 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. This framework includes the requirement to undertake a cultural impact assessment of areas that require a SREBA and can be found here PDF (39.7 MB).

As part of the SREBA studies, the Cultural Impact Assessment requires consultation with land councils, AAPA and affected Aboriginal people and will be undertaken in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin.

The Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet has ceased the contractual relationship with Circle Advisory, originally awarded in mid-2020 to deliver social, cultural and economic components of the SREBA studies. The studies have been recently contracted to the University of Queensland for completion of Stage One, including the final Scope of Works.

These studies are underway, with the design of the scope of works recommencing in May 2021.

The final scope of works requires approval by an accredited Human Research Ethics Committee and will be presented for the Minister for Environment for approval prior to progressing to studies.

The process of designing the scope of works will inform the next steps for the Studies and Strategic Regional Assessment.