Action item 12.12



75% Complete.
Consultation undertaken on draft policy, guideline, framework, Bill development.

That any strategic SIA anticipate the long-term impacts and requirements for housing (not just through the construction phase) to adequately mitigate the risk of inflated real estate prices and shortages within a community.

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 Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

Action item update

Implementation progress

At the project level, proponents will be responsible for conducting a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) prior to production approvals being granted, with regional indicators being established as part of the baseline data being compiled by the Northern Territory Government under the Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment (SREBA).

A number of actions undertaken by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (DIPL) will support any future assessment process to determine the potential impact of onshore shale gas development projects on housing supply and pricing in a regional community.

In February 2022, Government released an independent review of land development requirements in Darwin, Alice Springs, Katherine and Tennant Creek, Bringing Land to Market by Dick Guit OAM (the Review). Relevant to the completion of recommendation 12.12, the Review considers the long term impacts to and requirements for housing in Tennant Creek and Katherine, which are major regional centers expected to service the development of the Beetaloo Sub- Basin.

The Review assessed a shortfall in land supply in both Katherine and Tennant Creek under its high growth scenario where land investigations and service infrastructure design would need to commence earlier than currently planned. The review further notes that its growth scenario is likely to be understated should one or more major projects come online in the short to medium term.

As a result of the review:

  • an ongoing housing demand and supply study for Katherine that addresses housing preferences and cost constraints to inform long term land supply needs, has been coordinated by the Department of Chief Minister and Cabinet (recommendations 2 and 20 from the Review). The study is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2022. Housing demand and supply in Katherine will then be subject to ongoing review; and
  • operational change has been initiated towards DIPL adopting a land development strategy that prioritizes future land supply for the next 20 years, as well as adopting the Integrated Strategic Land Use and Infrastructure Planning Framework to guide and coordinate the planning of future land supply (recommendations 3 and 4 from the Review).

In addition DIPL is undertaking a review of regional towns, including Mataranka, Larrimah, Daly Waters, Elliott and Borroloola, to prioritise investment in infrastructure, subdivision and native title negotiations.

As part of this work, DIPL has undertaken a strategic assessment of regional towns within the Beetaloo Sub-Basin to inform priorities for planning and development of suitable land to support future economic growth. This will be further refined and informed by the outputs of the regional economic growth plans (the plans) currently being prepared by the department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet in response to the Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission final report recommendations.