Action item 12.18



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

That gas companies must develop and implement a social impact management plan for communities, detailing how they will optimise the relationship with a community prior to the grant of any production approvals.

This plan should be developed in consultation with all landholders, Land Councils and local government to ensure that it meets community needs. The regulator must consent to the plan prior to the grant of any production approvals.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by mid-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

Industry will be responsible for negotiating local and regional support for their activities.

It is expected that information relating to managing social impacts be provided by proponents in their EMPs for production activities for assessment and to inform environmental approval decisions.

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The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has developed draft guidance for its ‘Culture and Heritage Environmental Factor’ which will go out for public consultation.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