Action item 14.11




Approved by decision makers. Recommendation has been implemented.

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


Reform area
Strengthening regulation
Project action
Holding decision-makers accountable
Lead agency
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Action item update

Implementation progress

The Petroleum Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2019 was passed in the Legislative Assembly on 24 March 2020 and assented to on 30 March 2020.  The Petroleum Act 1984 was amended to require the principles of ecologically sustainable development are considered in decision-making under the Petroleum Act 1984 and the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016.

The amendments to the Act commenced in June 2020.