Action item 13.2



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That the Government works with stakeholders and gas companies to ensure that there is early knowledge of the labour and skills required for all phases of any onshore shale gas development in order to maximise local employment.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end June 2022.

Reform area
Maximising regional benefits and local opportunities
Project action
Creating local training programs, skills assessment and employment
Lead agency
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Action item update

Implementation progress

Implementation of the Gas Service and Supply Plan that was launched on 5 March 2020 to increase local participation in the gas industry.

Onshore Gas Supply Chain Working Group established to coordinate industry and government efforts to maximise regional benefits and local opportunities. Members include NT Government, Santos, Origin Energy, Armour Energy, Empire Energy, Tamboran Resources, Central Petroleum, Australian Petroleum and Production Exploration Association (APPEA) and ICN NT.

NT Government actions to understand employment and skills requirements, include:

  • Study to undertake a skills and capacity analysis of the regions. The first of these has been in the Barkly Region and the one for Big Rivers Region is currently underway.
  • Government engagement with Beetaloo gas industry to understand supply chain principles, requirements, expectations and skills. This information will form the next level of detailed engagement with regional businesses and stakeholders.
  • 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.

Implementation of the Barkly Regional Deal (Federal, NT and Barkly Regional Council) that includes:

  • Beetaloo Aboriginal Economic Development Strategy — a study by Charles Darwin University on behalf of the Federal Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.
  • Development of a Regional Workforce Strategy.
  • Juno Jobs – pathways to apprenticeships and traineeships; working model developed for community consultation as a pilot program specific to the Barkly region.