Action item 14.23



Approved by decision makers.
Recommendation implemented.

That prior to the grant of any further exploration approvals, the Petroleum Act and Petroleum Environment Regulations be amended to allow open standing to challenge administrative decisions made under these enactments.

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 Act 1984 was amended in March 2019 to enable open standing for persons to seek judicial review of decisions within the Petroleum Act 1984 and Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016, as outlined in the legislation. The changes to the legislation came into effect in April 2019.