12.13

Progress

25%

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

That in consultation with all local community stakeholders, Land Councils, local government and the Government, gas companies be required to provide accommodation, whether temporary or permanent, which must be completed prior to the granting of any production approvals.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Managing social and cultural impacts
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.

The SREBA for the Beetaloo sub-basin will consider the impact on local accommodation and housing services. This analysis will be shared with affected communities and industry so that the analysis can be considered in the development and assessment of individual project proposals

It is expected that that information regarding impacts on accommodation requirements be provided by proponents in their Environment Management Plans for production activities for assessment and to inform environmental approval decisions.

Project-specific Social Impact Assessment (SIA)

The NT EPA is developing guidance for its ‘Communities and Economy’ factor, that will outline how SIA is expected to be undertaken by the regulator when required by legislation.

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

Targeted consultation on the Social Impact Assessment Policy commenced in late 2019, and both draft documents are expected to be released for public consultation in Q1 2021.