Initial policy being developed.

That Government not approve any application for an exploration permit in relation to areas that are not prospective for onshore shale gas or where co-existence is not possible. Priority must be given to the areas identified in Recommendation 14.4.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Planning for industry
Project action
Defining areas, processing and mechanisms for no-go areas
Lead agency

Action item updates

31 Dec 2018

Implementation Progress

The Department of Primary Industry and Resources is reviewing current exploration permit applications. Following the review, the Department will consult with industry and key stakeholders on areas that are not prospective or where coexistence is not possible.

The Minister for Primary Industry and Resources will consider the prospectively and particular values of land for which industry has sought exploration permits.