This report is the Australian Government response to the report by the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee in relation to the inquiry into oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight. It responds to issues raised about environmental controls and consultation mechanisms in relation to offshore exploration and development.
The Australian Government welcomes the report by the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee in relation to the inquiry into oil or gas production in the Great Australian Bight.
The government is committed to encouraging the exploration for, and development of, Australia's offshore petroleum (oil and gas) resources. This includes the Great Australian Bight where offshore petroleum exploration has occurred safely since the late 1960s.
Australia has a strong track record of discovering and developing its natural resource base and our regulatory framework requires stringent health, safety and environmental protection. Australia's future economic prosperity is underpinned by maintaining a steady stream of new mineral and energy projects.