Action item 14.3



Approved by decision makers.
Recommendation implemented.

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


Reform area
Planning for industry
Project action
Defining areas, processing and mechanisms for no-go areas
Lead agency
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Action item update

Implementation progress

The government’s Reserved Block Policy, finalised in July 2019, determines areas of no petroleum potential and details exploration permits will not be granted over such areas.