12.1

Progress

25%

25% Complete.

Government approval of policy/process development.

That a strategic SIA, separate from an EIS, must be conducted for any onshore shale gas development prior to any production approvals being granted.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Building a comprehensive framework for social and cultural baselines
Lead agency
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Action item update

Implementation progress

Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment (SREBA)

The Framework for Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment: A guide to undertaking a SREBA in the Northern Territory was released in July 2020 and can be found here PDF (39.7 MB).

In regions that require a SREBA, the social, cultural and economic component will be undertaken in three stages, that include:

  • Stage 1 - Scope of Works, that includes a project plan
  • Stage 2 - Baseline data and indicators developed in the region
  • Stage 3 - Strategic Regional Assessment and regional monitoring framework

Government has determined a SREBA is required for the Beetaloo sub-Basin.  The social, cultural and economic components of the SREBA studies in the Beetaloo sub-Basin have been contracted to Circle Advisory. These studies are underway, with the scope of works being developed from September 2020 and expected completion in December 2020.

The scope of works requires approval from the Minister for Environment. The studies are expected to formally commence in early 2021, once approved by the Minister.