12.5

Progress

25%

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

That ongoing monitoring and measurement of social and cumulative impacts be undertaken, with the results being made publicly available online as soon as they are available.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2022.

Reform area
Respecting community and culture
Project action
Building a comprehensive framework for social and cultural baselines
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).

Government has determined a SREBA is required for the Beetaloo sub-Basin.  The social, cultural and economic components of the SREBA studies have been recently contracted to the University of Queensland noting the cessation of the original contract with Circle Advisory.

These studies are underway, with the design of the scope of works recommencing in May 2021.

The final scope of works requires approval by an accredited Human Research Ethics Committee and will be presented for the Minister for Environment for approval prior to progressing to studies.

This process of designing the scope of works will inform the next steps for the Studies and Strategic Regional Assessment.

Any required monitoring programs will not be implemented until the industry commences the development phase and prepares to commence production activities.