Action item 9.4



Approved by decision makers.
Recommendation implemented.

That baseline and ongoing monitoring be the responsibility of the regulator and funded by the gas industry.

Target completion date


Reform area
Ensuring accountable industry practice
Project action
Developing cost recovery arrangements
Lead agency
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Action item update

Implementation progress

Exploration permit holders in the Beetaloo Sub-basin will pay the NT Government for the baseline methane monitoring work CSIRO has completed.

Industry will pay for the baseline through a cost recovery exercise. The Northern Territory Government has worked with independent scientific experts to develop a Code of Practice relative to the Inquiry's recommendation. It contains requirements for baseline and ongoing methane monitoring. The Code is legally enforceable through the Petroleum (Environment) Regulations 2016.

The finalised Code was published on 12 June 2019.