Initial policy development underway.

That prior to the grant of any further production approvals, the Government enacts provisions that reverse the onus of proof or create rebuttable presumptions for pollution and environmental harm offences for all onshore shale gas activities.

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Ensuring accountable industry practice
Project action
Ensuring gas companies comply with our laws
Lead agency
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet

Action item update

Implementation progress

The government will consider the options for, and implications of, this recommendation and provide for it via legislation.