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

Closed for comment


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.

Draft Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan

The current Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan was declared in 2011

In accordance with the Water Act, a review of the plan formally commenced in early 2016.

A consultation process involving stakeholders, land owners and interested parties commenced in April 2016.

A draft Plan (8.8 mb) has been prepared for public comment.

The technical report that has informed the development of the draft Plan is available here (51.4 mb) .

All feedback received from stakeholders will contribute to the finalisation of the Plan.In

 response to feedback received, a brief update (968.1 kb) has been prepared to respond to some issues raised.

The public comment period closes on 7 July 2017.

Submissions on the draft Plan can be lodged by:


Post: PO Box 1120, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0871

For a response to questions during the public comment period, please telephone 8999 4455.

A consultation report will be prepared to inform stakeholders and interested parties of the issues raised during consultation on the draft Plan, and how these issues were considered in finalising the Plan.

To view the draft water allocation plan

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 (204.0 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



Review of the Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan

In accordance with the Water Act, a water allocation plan must be reviewed at intervals not longer than five years.

The current Western Davenport Water Allocation Plan was declared in 2011, and was therefore due for review.

Review of the plan formally commenced in early 2016.

A consultation process involving stakeholders, land owners and interested parties commenced in April 2016.

Further consultations with stakeholders will be ongoing in February 2017.

The draft plan will be available for review toward the end of March 2017 for a 6 week consultation period.

Last updated: 12 October 2017