Initial policy being developed.

That gas companies be required to develop a social impact management plan that outlines how they intend to develop, obtain and maintain their SLO within communities. This must be developed in conjunction with any SIA, and should be implemented prior to the grant of any further production approvals, to ensure that any potential changes can be identified in advance to allow communities time to adapt and prepare for the changes.

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

Action item update

Implementation progress

The Northern Territory Government will establish a policy and guidelines for social and cultural impact assessments and management plans that need to be project specific and implemented by the gas companies.

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

Government will work with industry in areas where the industry moves into the production phase to ensure that these communities have access to information on the impact of industry development on their communities, opportunities to participate in ongoing monitoring, and appropriate arrangements to raise concerns and opportunities to improve local outcomes.