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Government approval of policy/process development.


  • 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 2022.

Reform area
Safeguarding water and the environment
Project action
Maintaining and monitoring ecosystem health
Lead agency
Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security

Action item update

Implementation progress

The Framework for Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment: A guide to undertaking a Strategic Regional and Environmental Baseline Assessment (SREBA) in the Northern Territory was released in July 2020 and can be found here PDF (39.7 MB).

Government has determined a SREBA is required for the Beetaloo sub-Basin. The region-specific Scopes of Work for various baseline studies will be approved by the Minister for the Environment.

The Scope of Work for the terrestrial ecosystems components of the SREBA for the Beetaloo Sub-basin been approved by the Minister.

Work in the Beetaloo Sub-basin will be undertaken in cooperation with the Commonwealth Government's Geological and Bioregional Assessment program, which has also funded additional ecological studies.

Preliminary mapping of regional ecosystems has been completed, along with targeted surveys for some threatened species.

The data collected during these ecological studies will be used to define areas of high conservation value in the Beetaloo Sub-basin. Field work has commenced.