Action item 12.11



25% complete.
Government approval of policy/process development.

That gas companies be required to work closely with all levels of government, Land Councils and local communities early in any onshore shale gas development project to quantify the potential impacts on health and educational services and ensure steps to mitigate adverse impacts are implemented.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2022.

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Managing social and cultural impacts
Lead agency
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Action item update

Implementation progress

Project-specific Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has developed draft guidance for its ‘Culture and Heritage Environmental Factor’ which will go out for public consultation.

Work continues on the draft ‘Communities and Economy’ factor guidance.

These factor guidance documents will outline how an SIA is expected to be undertaken by the regulator when required by legislation.

The NT Government is also developing a project-specific SIA Policy to address this recommendation.

Targeted consultation on the SIA Policy commenced in late 2019, and both draft documents are expected to be released for public consultation in 2022.