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Government approval for consultation on draft policy, guideline, framework, Bill.


  • strategic regional terrestrial biodiversity assessments be conducted as part of a SREBA prior to the granting of any further production approvals;
  • any onshore shale gas development be excluded from areas considered to be of high conservation value; and
  • the results of the SREBA must inform any decision to release land for exploration permits as specified in Recommendation 14.2 and, upon completion, must be considered by the decision-maker in the granting of any future exploration approvals.
Target completion date

Stage 3.
To be completed by end December 2021.

Reform area
Safeguarding water and the environment
Project action
Maintaining and monitoring ecosystem health
Lead agency

Action item update

Implementation progress

A framework for undertaking a Strategic Regional Environmental and Baseline Assessment (SREBA) has been developed and a consultation draft will be released in late 2019 for public comment.  This framework will be finalised in early 2020 after public feedback has been considered.

This framework includes the requirement to undertake strategic regional terrestrial biodiversity assessments, and identify areas of high conservation value so that decision makers can take these into account when considering applications for exploration permits.