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Natural gas industry helps secure Australia's economic future
The natural gas industry creates Australian jobs
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


Natural gas – an indispensable fuel

26 Nov 2015

An independent expert report released today confirms natural gas has a long-term future in Australia’s energy generation mix, delivering lower emissions and cost‑competitive, reliable power. The report – Australian Power Generation Technology – heralded as the “most in-depth study of its kind to date”, also confirms that no single technology can satisfy Australia’s energy demand. […]

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WA inquiry finds hydraulic fracturing poses negligible risk

18 Nov 2015

Australia’s peak oil and gas body is calling for an end to scare campaigns against hydraulic fracturing in Western Australia after a two-year Parliamentary inquiry concluded the technology posed negligible risk. The WA Legislative Council’s Environment and Public Affairs Committee has also recognised the potential benefits of a shale gas industry “as an employer, an […]

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Fracking is safe, says Australia’s top science advisor

29 Oct 2015

The nation’s top scientific advisor to government says hydraulic fracturing, when properly regulated, is safe. Dr Alan Finkel, who was recently appointed Chief Scientist, told ABC Lateline on 27 October that: “…there is a lot of evidence that fracking is safe.” “It’s being used widely already in the coal seam gas fields, particularly in Queensland,” he […]

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APPEA awards five oil and gas scholarships to outstanding students from across Australia. https://t.co/C6S0iNbBTR
27 November 15, 9:14am
APPEA Board re-elects Chairman and Vice-Chairman https://t.co/MewOl8guNL
27 November 15, 9:13am
Independent expert report confirms natural gas is essential in Australia’s energy generation mix #natgas #csg #lng https://t.co/heAgEPVzTu
26 November 15, 2:51pm
Natural gas is an indispensable fuel - lower emissions, reliability, flexibility & affordability #natgas #csg #lng https://t.co/heAgEPVzTu
26 November 15, 2:50pm
Greens living in a parallel universe on resources rent tax. https://t.co/UviUECMW9R
19 November 15, 3:23pm
Two-year WA Parliamentary inquiry concludes hydraulic fracturing poses negligible risk. Scare campaigns overblown. https://t.co/P3nqDWjopr
18 November 15, 9:06am
Gas industry welcomes Northern Territory pipeline decision - NEGI can help develop NT gas resources #auspol #jobs https://t.co/q9gbjxicc9
17 November 15, 2:07pm
Oil & gas industry has made enduring contribution that will benefit future generations of Australians. #LNG #auspol https://t.co/LpBM0bPmP8
17 November 15, 11:07am
Qld experience shows Northern Territory will benefit from developing gas resources #jobs #natgas https://t.co/UnY6MlVjuj
17 November 15, 10:41am
International Energy Agency is upbeat on the future of natural gas #lng #natgas #csg https://t.co/wJ5pr7YWX1
12 November 15, 9:19am