Oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight

On 22 February 2016, the Senate referred this inquiry to the committee. The inquiry lapsed at the dissolution of the Senate on 9 May 2016.

On 13 September 2016, the Senate agreed to the committee's recommendation that this inquiry be re-adopted in the 45th Parliament with a reporting date of the 29 March 2017.

All correspondence and evidence previously received for this inquiry has been made available to the new committee. This means that submissions already provided to the committee about this issue do not need to be re-submitted.

The committee intends to refer to the evidence received during the 44th Parliament. The committee also invites new submissions to be provided by 17 October 2016.

Senator Hanson-Young is chair of the references committee for this inquiry.

On 28 March 2017, the Senate granted an extension of time to report until 11 May 2017.

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

About this inquiry

An inquiry into the potential impacts of BP's planned exploratory oil drilling project and any future oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight

Past Public Hearings

08 Feb 2017: CANBERRA
16 Nov 2016: Adelaide


Inquiry Status

Report tabled

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)


If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.

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