The Australian Government’s bioregional assessments 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.
Bioregional Assessment Program
The Bioregional Assessment Program is expected to be completed in 2018 and looked at the impacts of coal seam gas and large coal mining developments on water resources and water-dependent assets over six bioregions. The Bioregional Assessment Program was one of a number of actions undertaken by the Australian Government to strengthen the science used to inform decisions on coal seam gas and large coal mining developments.
See: Bioregional Assessment Program for more information and available products.
Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program
The new Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program will assess impacts of shale and tight gas development. The program will run from 2017 through 2021 and will assess impacts across three priority basins: the Cooper Basin; the Isa Superbasin; and the Beetaloo Sub-basin.
See: Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program for more information, including products available to date.
Release of bioregional assessment results
The majority of Bioregional Assessment Program products are finalised and available from the Bioregional Assessment Program pages of this site. Full results will be made available by the end of 2018.
Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program products will be released progressively from 2018 onwards. These will be made available through the Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program pages of this site.
How bioregional assessments can be used
Bioregional assessments from both programs will inform Commonwealth and state government decisions in regulating unconventional gas and coal mining operations. Development proponents can use the information in writing environmental impact statements for coal seam gas and coal mining proposals.
Bioregional assessments will also be used to identify data and knowledge gaps where further information is required before development applications proceed.
- Bioregional Assessment Program
- Lake Eyre Basin bioregion
- Northern Inland Catchments bioregion
- Clarence-Moreton bioregion
- Northern Sydney Basin bioregion
- Sydney Basin bioregion
- Gippsland Basin bioregion
- Indigenous assets
- Bioregional assessment methodology
- Compiling water-dependent assets
- Assigning receptors to water-dependent assets
- Developing a coal resource development pathway
- Developing the conceptual model of causal pathways
- Surface water modelling
- Groundwater modelling
- Propagating uncertainty through models
- Systematic analysis of water-related hazards associated with coal resource development
- Impacts and risks
- Assessment components
- Component 1: Contextual information
- Component 2: Model-data analysis
- Components 3 and 4: Impact and risk analysis
- Component 5: Outcome synthesis
- Geological and Bioregional Assessment Program
- Metadata and datasets