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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 secures local supply – despite counterproductive state government policies

13 Dec 2017

The latest ACCC gas market report confirms that the gas industry – and Queensland’s LNG industry in particular – has secured domestic supply for 2018 and 2019. “The industry is meeting the commitment it gave to the Prime Minister in October to ensure eastern Australia has sufficient gas supply,” said APPEA Chief Executive Dr Malcolm […]

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NT inquiry finds fracking risks can be managed

13 Dec 2017

There is no reason the Territory cannot manage the safe, sustainable development of its considerable natural gas resources.

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Queensland CSG crucial to energy security

8 Dec 2017

A new report prepared for the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council confirms the growing contribution of Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) to Australia’s energy security and economic prosperity.

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11 December 17, 10:57am
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30 November 17, 3:00pm
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