​Reform ​Benefit
​New Petroleum (Environment) Regulations Provide increased regulatory certainty for the onshore oil and gas industry in terms of environmental management.

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

​New measures to provide regulatory certainty about onshore oil and gas development:
  1. Create transparent system which articulates where oil and gas activities can be conducted.
  2. New land access agreements
  3. The government has also decided that mining and petroleum activities will now be the subject of the Water Act.

​Reduces cost to proponents and shortens approval times.

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

​​Reforms to the NT’s environmental regulatory framework

​​Reduces costs to proponents and shortens approval times.

Owner: Department of Lands, Planning and the Environment, and Department of the Chief Minister

​Removed mandatory requirement for all operators of a mining site to make available a Environmental Mining Report (EMR)

The minister may determine which sites or class of sites an annual EMR requirement should be applied to, for example, those of higher environmental risk.

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

​Amended Petroleum Act to allow government to accept multiple applications for exploration permits on the same acreage

Provides for a more competitive assessment process.

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

​Streamlined the mine authorisation process by moving from one year Mine Management Plans to four year plans

Reduces paperwork and saves time for mine operators.

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

​Introduced conditional mining approvals

Allows faster transition to mining operations.

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

​Introduced an interactive electronic return for petroleum royalty payers

Saves time and reduces paperwork.

Owner: Department of Treasury and Finance

​Spatial Territory Resource Information Kit for Exploration (STRIKE)

A new global web application has been developed which will greatly assist mineral and petroleum industries. The new web tool is in form of a completely redeveloped site called Spatial Territory Resource Information Kit for Exploration (STRIKE), which will incorporate the information currently published through the Titles Information System (TIS).

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

​NT EPA Online

New NT EPA Online allows for online applications for new licenses, amendments and renewals. Multiple licenses can be managed under one account. Business no longer have to manage multiple licenses separately or physically complete separate forms every time they need their licence reissued.

Owner: Department of Lands Planning and the Environment

​Reform ​Benefit
​Established the Mining Advisory Committee

Minister announced members of the Committee on 19 May 2015 which will 'provide high level strategic advice on the development and impact of government policies relating to the resources industry.' Advice from these experts will assist government to establish potential opportunities, further understand the impacts of policy and better understand the impediments to industry development. The first meeting was held on 1 June 2015.

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy​

​Review of petroleum legislation - to support onshore oil and gas exploration

Development of a regulatory framework to provide regulatory certainty.

Owner: Department of Lands Planning and the Environment

​Deliver the Technologies for the Environmental Advancement of Mining in the Northern Territory (Team NT) initiative with a view to maximising local industry participation in major projects

Single point of entry and streamlined service across government.

Owner: Department of the Chief Minister

​Establishing Energy Advisory Committee

Minister has called for applicants for this new committee, which will 'provide high level strategic advice on the development and impact of government policies relating to the resources industry.'  'Advice from these experts will assist government to establish potential opportunities, further understand the impacts of policy and better understand the impediments to industry development'  'Members of the EAC will advise on all facets of energy from potential pipeline infrastructure to better positioning the Territory’s place in the global energy market'.

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

​CORE (Creating Opportunities for Resource Exploration) - initiative to maximise exploration, discovery and development of new mineral and petroleum resources

The four year, $23.8 million exploration initiative was announced in the 2014 Budget, and includes a continuation of the existing CORE initiative launched in 2013, with an additional $2 million per annum for 2014 to 2018 for an accelerated program to assess shale gas resources and potential. Key programs:

  1. Mapping precompetitive geoscience information to stimulate exploration.
  2. A program of industry collaborative grants that provides mineral and petroleum exploration companies with 50% of costs (up to $100,000) to conduct projects in unexplored / greenfields areas where little or no exploration has occurred and there is limited geological information. Information from the projects will be made available six months after completion of the projects to encourage further exploration.
  3. Ongoing improvements to online delivery of information and data to the minerals and petroleum exploration industry. Following the 2014 launch of NT Geological Survey's online reports delivery system GEMIS, there will be a priority on increasing the amount of reports available for download, commencing with the remainder of open file minerals exploration reports, NTGS products and well completion reports. NTGS will also focus on improving management and delivery of exploration drilling and geochemistry data, and the improved digital online accessibility of petroleum reports and data. 

Owner: Department of Mines and Energy

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