75% Complete. Government approval of policy/process development.

That the Government works with gas companies, Land Councils, local governments, local suppliers and businesses to devise and implement local procurement targets.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Maximising regional benefits and local opportunities
Project action
Maximising opportunities for Territory businesses
Lead agency
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Action item update

Implementation progress

Gas Service and Supply Plan launched on 5 March 2020 to increase local participation to at least 50 per cent by 2025.

Onshore Gas Supply Chain Working Group established to coordinate industry efforts to maximise regional benefits and local opportunities. Meetings ongoing with a focus on industry to strengthen self-reporting on NT contract spend and proportion of local content. Members include NT Government, Santos, Origin Energy, Armour Energy, Empire Energy, Pangaea and Central Petroleum.

Supported by:

Recent activities:

  • Aboriginal Economic Development Strategy for the Beetaloo — a study by CDU on behalf of the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
  • Barkly Futures Forum held February 2021 — forum to identify development opportunities in the Barkly region (including onshore gas service and supply in the Beetaloo Basin).
  • Juno Jobs – pathways to apprenticeships and traineeships; working model developed for community consultation as a pilot program specific to the Barkly region
  • Recruitment of a Juno Jobs Project Coordinator to roll out the Juno Model.
  • Regional Workforce Strategy, including:
    • Establishment of Regional Workforce Strategy Working Group;
    • Development of a data-based Barkly Jobs Profile; and
    • Establishment of Barkly Business Hub in Tennant Creek.
  • NT Indigenous Business Network engaged to facilitate opportunities for Indigenous businesses.
  • Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission (TERC):
    • As per TERC initiatives, development of Aboriginal Procurement Policy as part of the overarching Aboriginal Contracting Framework.
  • NT Government Small-Medium Enterprise Outreach Exercise
    • Widespread engagement with NT SMEs, including regional businesses, to benchmark their experiences and perspectives of the gas industry.
  • OECD Working Paper on international best practice lessons for ‘First Nations’ benefit realisation from energy and resource projects — commissioned by Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.