Action item 8.5



Approved by decision makers.
Recommendation implemented.

That gas companies be required to comply with any statutory regional fire management plan within their area of exploration and/or production activity. The fire management plan must:

  • address the impacts that any onshore shale gas industry will have on fire regimes in the NT and identify how those impacts will be managed;
  • establish robust monitoring programs for assessing seasonal conditions and fuel loads;
  • require that annual fire mapping be undertaken to monitor any increase in fire frequency due to any onshore shale gas development;
  • require that all existing baseline data for at least the decade prior to commencement of any exploration activity be collated and published;
  • implement management actions, such as prescribed fuel reduction burns at strategic locations, if fire frequency is shown to have increased due to onshore shale gas activity; and
  • facilitate support for local volunteer fire brigades to increase regional capacity for fire management
Target completion date


Reform area
Safeguarding water and the environment
Project action
Maintaining and monitoring ecosystem health
Lead agency
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Action item update

Implementation progress

The Northern Territory Government has worked with independent scientific experts to develop a Code of Practice relative to the Inquiry's recommendation. The Code is legally enforceable through the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016. The finalised Code was published on 12 June 2019.