The Australian Government’s bioregional assessment programs provide transparent scientific information to better understand the potential impacts of unconventional gas and coal mining developments on water and the environment. There are two separate programs of bioregional assessments.
The first Bioregional Assessment Program assessed the potential impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments on surface and ground water and ecosystems or assets that depend on them. The program focussed on six bioregions across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The Bioregional Assessment Program is expected to be completed in 2018.
The new Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program will assess the potential impacts of shale and tight gas development on water and the environment. The program began in 2017 and will assess three priority regions: the Cooper Basin; the Isa Superbasin; and the Beetaloo Sub-basin.