This plan was published before May 2022 under the previous Australian Government.

The Beetaloo Strategic Basin Plan is the Australian Government’s strategy for unlocking the resource potential of the Beetaloo Sub-basin in the Northern Territory.

The Beetaloo Sub-basin has the potential to be a world-class gas province. Development of the Beetaloo will increase gas supply, create jobs and drive significant economic growth in the Northern Territory and Australia.

The gas produced from large-scale Beetaloo development could supply a variety of gas markets.

Unlocking the Beetaloo: The Beetaloo Strategic Basin Plan sets out how the government can accelerate exploration and development of the Beetaloo by:

  • building a clear picture of the resource
  • establishing efficient and effective regulation
  • enabling infrastructure
  • sharing regional benefits.

The government is committed to ensuring that Beetaloo development is safe and sustainable. This includes ensuring that development benefits local communities, Territorians, and the broader Australian population.  

The Beetaloo Strategic Basin Plan is the first of 5 plans to be delivered under the Strategic Basin Plans Program announced in the 2020-21 Federal Budget.

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The plan at a glance

Accelerating development of the Beetaloo to realise the benefits sooner.

Action 1: Building a clear picture of the Beetaloo

Incentivising gas operators to finalise exploration activities.

Action 2: Regulating efficiently and effectively

Delivering efficient and effective regulatory processes.

Action 3: Enabling infrastructure

Investing in infrastructure to support development.

Action 4: Sharing regional benefits

Maximising development benefits for local and Indigenous communities.

The Beetaloo Sub-basin

Understanding the landscape, region and resource potential of the Beetaloo.