WA Fracking Inquiry

The WA (McGowan) Government has responded to community concerns about the risks of fracking gasfields by calling an inquiry and appointing a panel, chaired by Dr Tom Hatton.

The Inquiry began in November and in August 2018 will deliver a report to the WA Government. Details of the terms of reference can be found on the Inquiry website here, as well as background papers, information on the panel, and the scope of the inquiry. 


Submissions can be made until March 19, 2018. There's no requirement on length or format, but we have tips here.

Short or long, email your thoughts to info@frackinginquiry.wa.gov.au and cc in your local MP!

Make sure the inquiry panel is not just hearing from the gas industry - send a quick submission with our online tool, or make a more powerful submission with our tips or by attending one of our workshops.

Customise your submission to let the panel know how fracking could impact on your livelihood, health, environment, land, the food you eat or the water you drink. Your submission will also be more powerful if you back up your statements with references.

TIPS for writing a powerful submission can be found here.


The Inquiry Panel will be visiting a select number of communities across WA for "Public Meetings' in late February/early March.  The McGowan Government will then form a decision on whether to ban fracking everywhere, or allow it to go ahead in certain areas.

Monday 26th February 2018 Fitzroy Crossing 1pm til 5pm - Fitzroy Lodge
Tuesday 27th February 2018 Broome 1pm til 5pm - Lotteries House
Wednesday 28 February 2018 Perth CBD 12:30pm til 4:30pm - Perth Convention Exhibition Centre
Thursday 1st March 2018 Dongara 11am til 3pm - Irwin Recreation Centre
Friday 2nd March 2018 Dandaragan 10am til 2pm - Dandaragan Rec Centre
This is our chance to have a say on the future of Western Australia. Come along to have your say, and get there 30 mins beforehand for a photo outside!