Evaluating medium-term socio-economic impacts of onshore gas activity in Southern Queensland

Medium-term socio-economic impacts in Southern Queensland.

This project will study a range of potential positive and negative social, demographic and economic impacts that are commonly linked to onshore natural gas extraction activity, across the regions of the Surat and Bowen basins, in southern Queensland.

CSIRO researchers will explore and analyse secondary data, primarily from the 2016 and 2021 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Population Census, to identify and evaluate impacts that natural gas extraction could have had in communities across these regions during the last two decades.

Onshore natural gas extraction activity will be examined to establish any connections to local economic functionality, employment changes across sectors, alteration in migration patterns, educational attainment, and workforce participation for youth and women.