Action item 14.6



Progress is complete: Approved by decision makers. Recommendation has been implemented.

That a statutory land access agreement be required by legislation.

That prior to undertaking any onshore shale gas activity on a Pastoral Lease (including but not limited to any exploration or production activity), a land access agreement must be negotiated and signed by the Pastoral Lessee and the gas company.

That breach of the land access agreement be a breach of the relevant exploration or production approval giving rise to the onshore shale gas activity being carried out on the land.

Target completion date

Stage 3. Completed.

Reform area
Planning for industry
Project action
Addressing arrangements to access pastoral land
Lead agency
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Action item update

The Petroleum Legislation Miscellaneous Amendments Bill 2019 was passed in the Legislative Assembly on 24 March 2020 and was assented to on 30 March 2020. The amendments to the Act commenced in June 2020 and allow for regulations to be made in relation to land access.

The government consulted with affected stakeholders on draft Petroleum Regulations that detail the requirements of statutory land access agreements. The Petroleum Regulations 2020 have been made by the Administrator and commence 1 January 2021.