Action 11

Code of practice


Develop an enforceable Code of Practice and implement the intent of the recommendations for a code that defines and prescribes minimum standards for onshore exploration and production proposals involving hydraulic fracturing.

Lead agency
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Target completion date
December 2020
Revised completion date


31 March 2020

The State Government has engaged CSIRO to assist with development of the WA Code of Practice. CSIRO’s expertise and experience across all aspects of the Code will ensure the WA Code of Practice is scientifically informed, technically sound and pragmatic.

31 December 2019

It is anticipated that the first draft of the WA Code of Practice will be available for consultation in the second quarter of 2020.

The Code will mandate minimum enforceable standards and requirements for the onshore hydraulic fracturing industry.

30 September 2019

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation are:

  • undertaking review of the Northern Territory Code of Practice for relevance and applicability to Western Australia;
  • drafting additional requirements based on the WA Inquiry Recommendations; and
  • investigating mechanisms to ensure the Western Australian Code of Practice will be enforceable.
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