Online Course 3: Unconventional Gas – Policy and Regulation

Approvals, operations and rehabilitation policies and regulation for the industry

This the third course in a series of three courses. Learn of the regulations that govern the approval process, operation and decommissioning of a gas field in Australia. International examples will also be presented. The relevant Federal, State and Local Government regulations will be presented and discussed, as well as the differing regulations between Australian States and Territories. The course will debate the scientific studies, risk assessments and community consultations used to develop the regulations. We will look at case studies to examine the investigations and reports that need to be established and assessed as part of a development approval. Discussions about the regulatory process will be encouraged; different points of view are always welcome.

Date: Thursday, 18 April 2019

Time: 9:30am (Australia/Adelaide; find your local time)

Format: 3-hour live and interactive session (includes 10 min break), with pre and post course content to complete

Cost: 1 course $195 or the series (all 3 courses) $495

Chair: Ben Kele, Arris Water

Contact: Joel Voortman

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Ben Kele

Arris Water

Ben is the Director at Arris Water and completing his PhD at Central Queensland University. Ben has 20 years’ experience in the water industry and has researched, built and operated a wide range of ... Read more


About the series:

This series consists of a free webinar and 3 short courses over 3 weeks.
Join us for the full series (all 3 courses) $495 or 1 course $195. Register for all 3 courses

The Australian Water School have partnered with Arris Water and NCGRT to bring you these high level, interactive courses which address the sustainable management of water in the unconventional gas industry.



  • Differences between Coal Seam Gas, Shale Gas, and Tight Gas regulations.
  • Regulations surrounding the protection of waterways, groundwater, soil health, and biodiversity.
  • Case study examples of the types of ground water monitoring, treated water quality assessments, and recycled water impact studies.
  • Regulatory framework that governs an operational gas field.
  • Regulations surrounding the rehabilitation of a decommissioned gas field.
  • Linkages between these regulations and the studies conducted during the approval stage.


  • The course is delivered through 6 units via the learning platform
  • Live and interactive 3-hour session
    • Thursday, 18th April, 10:30am (Australia/Adelaide Time)
    • Sessions are recorded & uploaded to the learning platform if you cannot attend live.
  • Pre-and-post-course materials to go through via the learning platform.
  • PDF of course materials, including sessions PowerPoints.

Preparation: Pre-course reading and video watching is encouraged. There is also an opportunity to tailor the sessions to your direct questions via the initial survey.

Requirements: A good internet connection. Headset and camera is also encouraged to allow for greater interaction.

Outcome: On completion of the course attendees will be issued with a Certificate of Participation.