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Resources jobs can lift NT indigenous communities.
Gas & graziers: co-existence in the Northern Territory
Gas can fuel prosperity in the NT
Shale gas in Australia
Natural gas industry helps secure Australia's economic future
The natural gas industry creates Australian jobs
Clean Energy for Australia
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

Gas industry primed to drive NT’s economic future

20 Jun 2017

The Northern Territory Economic Development Framework recognises the vital role that natural gas will play as one of the NT’s major growth sectors to maintain and grow living standards across the region.

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Finkel shows the way forward on energy policy

13 Jun 2017

The Finkel Review’s recommendations could help resolve the current climate policy impasse and place downward pressure on energy prices.

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CSIRO report finds low methane emissions from CSG well completions

1 Jun 2017

New research from the CSIRO has boosted the environmental credentials of cleaner-burning natural gas by confirming fugitive methane emissions from Australian coal seam gas well completions are low.

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24 June 17, 1:49pm
Australian oil & gas industry supports more research on how seismic surveys affect plankton. https://t.co/0HzeDYJR3t
24 June 17, 1:48pm
Gas industry primed to fuel NT’s economic future. Report recognises #natgas will be major NT growth sector #ntpol https://t.co/WtaWoHFlAE
20 June 17, 5:06pm
Energy Supply Outlook shows there's no need to restrict QLD LNG exports. Export controls deter gas supply investment https://t.co/3UMwXVzAKb
15 June 17, 1:08pm
Restrictions on #natgas exploration & production create an artificial shortage - which pushes up prices & undermine… https://t.co/cLkzZ3j0Xj
14 June 17, 9:10am
Without more investment in energy - including gas exploration & production - Australia's energy problems will keep… https://t.co/unW5pPWzqr
14 June 17, 9:07am
Finkel Review recommendations could resolve climate policy impasse & put downward pressure on energy prices #auspol https://t.co/gvjGljRpPy
9 June 17, 5:23pm
Statoil will explore for oil in the Great Australian Bight. Exploration success would boost SA employment & economy. https://t.co/FA4bOgQmuj
9 June 17, 11:24am
VIC Govt calls for more gas export controls in effort to evade responsibility for helping create tight gas market. https://t.co/irbmmL0tyf
7 June 17, 10:54am
NSW support for conventional gas is a positive step. But the state must do more to attract gas industry investment https://t.co/YMx6pjCkrw
6 June 17, 4:22pm