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Natural gas industry helps secure Australia's economic future
The natural gas industry creates Australian jobs
The gas industry's major contribution to the Australian community
Five reasons why I support Australia's natural gas industry
Regional development

Natural gas is a key driver of economic and infrastructure development in some regions and states.

Queensland’s Surat Basin shows how the development of an onshore gas industry can enhance regional development.

By bringing infrastructure and investment to several rural and regional districts, the oil and gas industry is generating new jobs and strengthening and diversifying regional economies.

Resources developments are not only making regions more prosperous, but also making their communities more stable and socially sustainable.

A successful regional shale gas industry would employ several thousand people in construction, operations, infrastructure and service jobs.

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Economic Benefits

Natural gas is a major contributor to national prosperity.

The Australian oil and gas industry is today building about $200 billion worth of projects – and it has the potential to build another $100 billion worth. Developing Australia’s shale gas resources would help underpin further expansion of gas production for domestic and export purposes.

In 2011-12, the Australian oil and gas industry paid $8.8 billion in taxes ($4.8 billion in corporate taxes and $4 billion in production taxes). This is forecast to reach almost $13 billion in 2020. At a time when government revenues are under pressure, the oil and gas industry’s contribution is very important to the nation’s economic wellbeing.

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Risks & Roadblocks

Did you know Australia’s natural gas industry is in danger of losing its competitive edge? Our reputation as a low-cost energy supplier is under enormous pressure.

Despite the massive investment in Australia’s natural gas industry, $150 billion worth of energy and resource projects stalled in Australia over the last two years.

Now is not the time to impose more costs and uncertainty on natural gas producers. Australia already has more than 150 statutes governing offshore and onshore upstream petroleum activities, regulated by more than 50 government agencies at a national, state and territory level. Inefficient, duplicative and bureaucratic red tape is putting the industry’s expansion at risk.

We have a chance to safely develop the country’s extensive gas reserves to secure our energy future with an abundant, affordable, reliable and cleaner-burning fuel.

However, our future economic success is threatened by people who do not care enough about losing Australian jobs and investment.

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Cleaner Energy

Australia has an estimated 819 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas resources (enough to power a city of one million people for 16,000 years). More gas discoveries are likely.

Natural gas can help reduce greenhouse emissions, both here in Australia and in Asian LNG markets, because it is so much cleaner than traditional sources of energy.

Renewable energy sources, such as solar power and wind power cannot deliver the flexible and continuous power generation that gas provides.

Gas can generate 24/7 power, and can do so while producing greenhouse gas emissions up to 70% lower than those of coal.

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Recent Articles


Oil and gas industry supports strong environmental standards in NT

7 Oct 2015

The oil and gas industry supports the Northern Territory Government’s commitment to “world’s best practice regulations” to safeguard the environment. Chief Minister Adam Giles made the commitment at today’s NT Major Projects Conference in Darwin. APPEA says a strong risk-based regulatory framework supported by high standards of industry practice would enhance public confidence in onshore gas […]

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Shale gas moratorium risks NT jobs, development

17 Sep 2015

Calls for a moratorium on Northern Territory hydraulic fracturing and shale gas exploration have no basis in science and ignore the industry’s strong safety record. Australia’s peak oil and gas body, APPEA, says decades of practical experience and many inquiries in Australia and overseas show fracking, the process used to extract shale gas, poses minimal environmental risk. APPEA’s […]

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Study highlights economic benefits of NT shale gas

27 Aug 2015

Developing a Northern Territory shale gas industrycould drive significant long-term economic growth, creating thousands of new jobs and generating almost $1 billion of government revenue. A new study commissioned by the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) and produced by Deloitte Access Economics (DAE), is the first comprehensive assessment of how a new shale gas […]

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Oil & gas industry supports NT Govt commitment to “world’s best practice regulations” to safeguard the environment. http://t.co/XV4Z0BztNd
8 October 15, 1:40pm
APPEA CEO Malcolm Roberts “Besides #LNG, our other big export is going to be people” #Auspol http://t.co/M3p10cwtBS http://t.co/SlJVwGLXcj
7 October 15, 10:12am
Don’t risk economic stagnation. Nation needs reform for further industry growth, says APPEA CEO Malcolm Roberts #AFR http://t.co/XfnrbPmHtA
17 September 15, 10:38am
Australian #LNG faces challenge to stay competitive in oversupplied market. Political &regulatory change needed #AFR http://t.co/XfnrbPmHtA
17 September 15, 10:36am
Oil &gas industry hopes new PM & his Cabinet focus on economic, regulatory reforms to boost nation's competitiveness. http://t.co/4fAEwbuNmZ
15 September 15, 3:00pm
Calls for NT shale gas moratorium are a risk to Territory's economy, jobs and development. http://t.co/5aSG9zVMHn
15 September 15, 12:25pm
Design & operation of Emissions Reduction Fund safeguard mechanism rules crucial for LNG industry's competitiveness http://t.co/gVZVgr6xed
2 September 15, 2:29pm
WA Labor support for hydraulic fracturing moratorium ignores history & science, puts jobs at risk. http://t.co/o4Jq90LunY
2 September 15, 9:33am
Developing NT shale gas could add $200m to $500m/year to NT Govt revenues by 2040: @DeloitteER report #SEAAOC #naturalgas #NTpol #LNG
27 August 15, 11:19am
Resources debate is “lop-sided” – it stresses risks while ignoring rewards, says APPEA CEO Malcolm Roberts #seaocc15 #naturalgas
27 August 15, 11:18am