2016 Annual Report

Queensland Gasfields Annual Socioeconomic Report

Development of coal seam gas (CSG) in Queensland has offered opportunities and challenges.  The information on this website tells the story of that development based on historical and recent trends in key indicators.  It is intended to aid decision-making in local and state government, the resource industry, small business, landholders, community organisations, and individual households.  Input from these various sectors was used to prioritise the indicators to track.  Population, income, employment, housing costs, and crime rates.  Rainfall, petrol prices, and an index of industry activity in the region.  A succinct overview of findings for the local government areas studied is provided on the page - Executive Summary.  That can reached at the link in the menu to the left or below.  

Insights are also drawn together with a specific focus for feature articles. For 2015, the feature article was on housing.  These feature articles on the page describing the year's Opportunities and Challenges.  See the link below or in the menu at the left.  That page also describes additional, upcoming articles that are planned.  For the 2016 Annual Report, the feature articles will focus on the level of small business activity after the CSG construction boom and changes in crime rates.  

The story of the gasfield region is told through statistics, insights from key stakeholders in each town, and analysis of ‘system dynamics’ during periods of change in towns and regions.  The social and economic outcomes are tracked at the town level.  That is a level granularity often missing in assessments of long-term outcomes from resource development.  The methods used are described on the page - Methods.  They are further elaborated in the UQ Boomtown Toolkit.  

Charts are provided here at the link in the menu at top right that says - Indicators.  We also provide these charts in a downloadable PDF, a town data booklet.  Each booklet provides explanations of the interplay of an array of factors in the town. UQ's town data booklets can be downloaded from this site from the page - Data Updates.  

This effort was completed by a team based at the University of Queensland (UQ).  It is funded by UQ’s Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG).*

  1. Executive Summary 
  2. Data Updates 
  3. Opportunities & Challenges  
  4. Methods 


* CCSG is supported by grants from the four coal seam gas industry proponents – QGC, Santos, Arrow Energy, and APLNG.  UQ is also a financial partner in CCSG.  Further information is available at https://ccsg.centre.uq.edu.au.  The information presented on this website does not represent the opinions of the funders or UQ.  Individuals interviewed for this research are protected by UQ research ethics protocols. 

Last updated 14 June 2017
Last reviewed 1 April 2016