Our Natural Advantage

Support natural gas to
make the NT stronger >>
Sign up to support
Your email address will be kept private. We will never disclose it for any reason.
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.

Further reading

Natural gas is our natural advantage – we can’t afford to lose it. Take Action
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.

Further reading

Natural gas is our natural advantage – we can’t afford to lose it. Take Action
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.

Further reading

Natural gas is our natural advantage – we can’t afford to lose it. Take Action
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.

Further reading

Natural gas is our natural advantage – we can’t afford to lose it. Take Action

Recent Articles

GLNG to supply gas to domestic market

7 Sep 2017

Gladstone LNG will supply 30 petajoules of gas, which would otherwise have been exported as LNG, to the east coast domestic market over 2018 and 2019.

Read more

LNG an unrecognised success story

6 Sep 2017

Bizarre political debate is failing to recognise the success of Australia’s LNG industry or the need for policies that support the country’s export and domestic gas sectors.

Read more

WA needs more jobs, not another fracking inquiry

5 Sep 2017

WA’s second inquiry into hydraulic fracturing in less than two years is a waste of time and taxpayers’ money. The WA Legislative Council’s Environment and Public Affairs Committee has already found fracking poses negligible risk.

Read more
Gas export controls threaten energy security & could push gas prices higher. More gas production is the real answer https://t.co/iYrSBAbZF9
21 September 17, 10:11am
WA’s planned fracking inquiry will waste time & money. History & many reviews have shown fracking is done safely https://t.co/v2sDAeNiY2
18 September 17, 1:01pm
Australian gas producers responding to tight supply. A dozen new supply contracts & projects announced since March https://t.co/pOW6D8AnCA
15 September 17, 10:21am
New contracts show gas industry can ease tight eastern gas market. But policies must cut costs &risks of development https://t.co/TUFgFZPQDO
7 September 17, 2:28pm
Political debate fails to recognise economic importance of #LNG exports, or policy risks to export & domestic gas. https://t.co/VfSnufIhQW
6 September 17, 4:03pm
WA's 2nd fracking inquiry in less than 2 years wasting time & money. Previous inquiry already found risks manageable https://t.co/Luvy9mRoss
5 September 17, 4:27pm
Some states dither or ban gas development, but QLD is cooking with gas. To curb price rises you must boost supply. https://t.co/kMA2kIuPki
5 September 17, 1:04pm
Santos-ENGIE South Australian gas supply deal is latest demonstration of gas industry commitment to domestic market https://t.co/ZPEfyOYPcQ
14 August 17, 1:55pm
LNG export controls would jeopardise the future investment that is needed to maintain gas supply. #auspol https://t.co/YoXidSQXkS
11 August 17, 2:56pm
QLD LNG industry has delivered large-scale development of #CSG. Making big contribution to economy & energy security https://t.co/YoXidSQXkS
11 August 17, 2:29pm