Action item 12.4
Government approval for consultation on draft policy, guideline, framework, Bill.
That early engagement and communication of the findings of the strategic SIA be systematically undertaken with all potentially affected communities, all levels of government and potentially affected stakeholders, including Land Councils, to ensure that unintended consequences are limited, and that shared understanding of roles and responsibilities, including financial responsibilities, can be developed.
To be completed by end December 2022.
Action item update
The Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment (SREBA) Framework was released in July 2020. The consultation draft was available for public comment from 9 December 2019 to 28 February 2020. This framework includes the requirement to undertake a cultural impact assessment of areas that require a SREBA.
As part of the SREBA studies, the Cultural Impact Assessment requires consultation with land councils, AAPA and affected Aboriginal people and will be undertaken in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin.
The Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet contracted the University of Queensland (UQ) to undertake the social cultural and economic (SCE) studies in the region.
During 2021, UQ met with local organisations in Darwin and Katherine to develop a Scope of Works (SoW) for the SCE Study. The design of the SoW was then approved by UQs accredited Human Research Ethics Committee to ensure that the project is conducted properly and remains independent.
Approximately 40 key stakeholder groups, including land councils, Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority, NT Government departments, regional councils, industry and business organisations, Native Title holders, pastoralists, interest and environment groups were engaged in the development of the SoW regarding boundaries, draft indicators and themes, data collection and engagement preferences.
The scope of works was endorsed by the Minister for Environment in early 2022. The first round of participatory workshops to co-design local relevant indicators are complete, and more data collection and on-country engagement will commence in May 2022.