Oil and gas exploration and production in the Beetaloo Basin

On 23 June 2021, the Senate referred an inquiry into oil and gas exploration and production in the Beetaloo Basin to the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee for interim report by 3 August 2021 and final report by the first sitting Tuesday of March 2022, with the following term of reference:     

Oil and gas exploration and production in the Beetaloo Basin, with particular reference to the Industry Research and Development (Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program) Instrument 2021, which provides public money for oil and gas corporations.

The closing date for submissions is 7 July

The Industry Research and Development (Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program) Instrument 2021 can be found here.

The Instrument prescribes the Beetaloo Cooperative Drilling Program for the purposes of subsection 33(1) of the Industry Research and Development Act 1986. The Act can be found here.

On 3 August 2021, the committee was granted an extension of time for the interim report until 24 August 2021.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
ec.sen@aph.gov.au