Action item 12.19



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Government approval of policy/process development

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 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.

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.

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The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has developed draft guidance for its ‘Culture and Heritage Environmental Factor’ which will go out for public consultation.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