Consultation - closed

The following is a list of proposals now closed for public comment.

Closed for comment


Review of the Operations of the Container Deposit Scheme

The NT Government is inviting comments on the Northern Territory Container Deposit Scheme.

The Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) commenced in January 2012 to help reduce litter, increase recycling and help reduce the amount of waste being disposed to landfill. Under the CDS, anyone can take eligible beverage containers purchased in the Northern Territory to an approved Collection Depot and obtain 10 cents refund per container. The CDS is a great way for community groups, sporting clubs, schools and other organisations to raise funds.

Under the Environment Protection (Beverage Containers and Plastic Bags) Act, a review is to be conducted every five years from the commencement of the CDS.

Participating in the survey gives you an opportunity to contribute to improvements in consumer experience with CDS, and the environmental and community benefits that could come from improving access/operations of CDS.

Have your say on the operations of the Container Deposit Scheme by completing

  • a 10-minute survey
  • survey is completely confidential and anonymous

To complete the online survey


Coastal and Marine Management Strategy

The NT Government is inviting comments on the suggested goal and management principles, the specific objectives and the desired outcomes. The strategy will be based on extensive partner and public consultation and is due to be finalised in 2018.

A Discussion Paper has been prepared as part of the public consultation process. It has been prepared in consultation with key partners and stakeholders. The Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources invited representatives from organisations representing Traditional Owners, industry, conservation, recreation, academia and natural resource management to form a Partnership Group to assist in developing the Strategy. The Partnership Group and seven NT Government agencies held a two day workshop in Darwin to develop a goal, management principles and a series of objectives and long-term outcomes across a spectrum of interrelated environmental, cultural, social and economic themes.

Please submit responses via email to or complete the online feedback survey

For questions or further information please email

PUBLIC COMMENT CLOSES: Friday 2 March 2018

Indigenous Ranger Grants Program - Discussion Paper

The Northern Territory Government is implementing a new policy initiative - Protecting Country, Creating Jobs which seeks to support Indigenous Rangers to protect the environment and create jobs. This will be achieved through a capital grants program for Indigenous Ranger groups to help purchase          essential items, with funding of $4.1 million over 2 years; and the establishment of a Land Management and Conservation Fund to improve conservation practices on Aboriginal land, with funding of $2 million per annum from 2017/18.

This Discussion Paper is intended to provide Indigenous Ranger groups with advice on the type of input that the Department is seeking.  The input should cover          land and sea management problems, methods of addressing those problems and how the grants program could be structured to achieve such outcomes.

Submit your feedback.

Environmental Regulatory Reform

There is a recognised need for substantial reform of the Northern Territory’s environment protection framework, particularly in relation to environmental impact assessment and approvals. Reforms are long overdue and critical to achieving a robust regulatory system that the community will trust to ensure the Territory’s ecologically sustainable development, while encouraging industry investment and economic growth.

Government has committed to substantial reforms as part of its Healthy Environment, Strong Economy policy platform. There is a need to deliver on these commitments in a timely manner in order to generate trust and confidence in Government and any changes to the environmental management framework.

The Environmental Regulatory Reform Discussion Paper (3.6 mb) provided a snapshot of the reform process for environmental impact assessment and project approvals.

The updated 26 May 2017 figure 2 is now available (208.1 kb)

We acknowledge all of the work that has previously been undertaken by individuals and organisations in preparing submissions for Government. We prepared this paper to build on that work. It identifies our understanding of your views about the existing assessment and approval system and how we intend to address issues you have previously raised and recommendations you have made. It also identified those issues that we need more information about to help us develop new legislation. It identified topics which have not been addressed in previous submissions and those for which there is not a clear path forward.

On 3 May 2017 the Department of Environment and Natural Resources release the Discussion paper. Submissions closed on 28 June 2017. View Submissions

For more information on the Environmental Regulatory Reform Program

Strategic Indigenous Reserves - Stakeholder discussion paper

The Northern Territory Government has committed to the establishment of Strategic Indigenous (water) Reserves to provide Aboriginal landowners with increased opportunity to access water resources for economic development.

Strategic Indigenous Reserves are a reserved volume of water from the consumptive pool within a Water Allocation Plan area exclusively accessible to Aboriginal landowners to use or trade.

Feedback can be made by downloading the discussion paper and filling out the form (in Word) and emailing to COB Thursday 13th April 2017

The Discussion Paper (1.2 mb) includes a survey for feedback on the proposed operating model and invites suggestions for alternative policies.

Feedback should be submitted by COB Thursday 13 April 2017.

For questions or further information please contact or 08 8951 9226

Last updated: 06 April 2018