Working with traditional owners

Open negotiation and consultation underpin access, exploration and development on any land held by Traditional Owners.

In addition, in many cases Heritage Agreements protect the heritage value and significance of sites where activities may be undertaken. The existence of these sites is established through heritage surveys and clearances before work begins and the industry maintains open and regular communication with Traditional Owner communities about the progress of the exploration process.

Operators are committed to working with Traditional Owners to identify ways of ensuring that benefits are shared from gas-producing projects.

This may include annual fees and compensation payments, training and employment opportunities, contribution to social and economic community development, infrastructure and local services.