Initial policy being developed.

That the Petroleum Act be amended to make the principles of ESD a mandatory relevant consideration for any decision made under that Act in relation to any onshore shale gas industry.

That the principles of ESD must be taken into account and applied by a decision-maker in respect of all decisions concerning any onshore shale gas industry.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end of 2019.

Reform area
Strengthen regulation
Project action
Holding decision-makers accountable
Lead agency

Action item update

Implementation progress

The government is drafting an amendment to the Petroleum Act 1984 to meet this recommendation. It is anticipated the amendment Bill will be tabled in the Legislative Assembly by the end of 2019.