Supporting programs

Community engagement

An extensive and proactive community and stakeholder engagement program ensures that communities involved with the Victorian Gas Program are informed and engaged as the studies progress. Landholders and local residents can access the scientific findings via progress reports and are provided with opportunities to ask questions and get answers along the way.

Briefings and information sessions in Gippsland and south west Victoria are providing updates to councils and communities about the geoscientific and environmental studies as well as other topics of interest, such as gas production methods and regulatory controls.

Social Research

As part of the Victorian Gas Program, independent quantitative research was undertaken by the CSIRO between June and December 2019.

The survey’s objective was to provide a statistically robust understanding of regional attitudes towards onshore conventional gas development in the Otway and Gippsland basins. It also measured views about a range of factors that are important to communities in relation to onshore community wellbeing.

The research methodology involved a telephone survey of a randomly selected representative sample of 801 residents – 501 in the Otway Basin and 300 in the Gippsland Basin.  This covered communities with the municipalities of Corangamite, Moyne, Warrnambool, Glenelg, Southern Grampians, East Gippsland, Latrobe, and Wellington.

CSIRO’s research:

  • highlights a diversity of views in region Victoria about onshore conventional gas
  • provides a baseline for future measurement of social acceptance of onshore conventional gas exploration and production.

Resource planning

A detailed landscape inventory will be prepared to identify key natural resource, cultural, environmental, agricultural and other land use values in areas identified as having a higher potential for onshore conventional gas.

These resource planning activities, conducted in parallel with the geoscientific and environmental studies, will ensure that future decisions about gas exploration and development include a clear understanding of community views and are appropriate to local land uses and features.

For out more about Resource and land use planning.

Regulatory improvements

A comprehensive regulatory review will be undertaken in response to the findings of the studies.  A key focus will be to identify national and international best practice in gas regulation, with the aim to inform future government decisions.

Page last updated: 30 Nov 2020