14.35

Progress

0%

Commenced.
Initial policy being developed.

That prior to the granting of any further production approvals, the Government considers establishing a one-stop-shop single, separate and independent shale gas regulator to regulate all aspects of any onshore shale gas industry in the NT (with the exception of the grant of exploration permits and the grant of water approvals).

Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Strengthen regulation
Project action
Implementing a separate environment approval
Lead agency
DCM

Action item updates

31 Dec 2018

Implementation Progress

The government has approved a regulatory model where the Minister for Environment and Natural Resources is responsible for environmental approvals for the industry, the Minister for Primary Industry and Resources retains regulatory responsibility for industry-specific operational aspects of the industry, and no change in responsibilities for oversight of general industry activities such as work, health and safety, road transport, etc.

The government will review and consider the merits of alternative regulatory arrangements after the industry indicates its potential to generate significant levels of activity and output.