Western Australia's LNG Jobs Taskforce

Bringing together government and industry to maximise local jobs and establish Western Australia as a global LNG hub.

Natural gas is playing a major role in the world’s energy mix, as more countries commit to reducing greenhouse gases and seek alternatives to coal, diesel and other higher emissions fuels. 

Western Australia (WA) is a world leader in the delivery of natural gas and is ready to take the next step to create new opportunities, to bolster our position as a global energy hub. 

For more information on our LNG potential, refer to the monthly WA LNG Profile.

The LNG Jobs Taskforce

In December 2018, Premier Mark McGowan convened the first joint industry-government taskforce to work collaboratively to maximise local jobs and economic benefits from WA's LNG industry. The LNG Jobs Taskforce is comprised of the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade; heads of Woodside Energy, Chevron Australia, Shell Australia, Santos, and INPEX Australia; and representatives from the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) and UnionsWA.

The taskforce has the vision to establish WA as a global leader in LNG collaboration, innovation, maintenance and support, exporting services across Australia and internationally, and generating local jobs and business opportunities.  

The taskforce has established groups tasked with developing initiatives related to: 

Education and operations

WA is home to world-class universities and several multi-sector collaborations developing exportable capabilities in new technologies, including LNG processing, remote operations, subsea, automation, marine services and geological surveying. WA is ready to take the next step in identifying the skills required for the future success of the LNG sector and pursuing opportunities created by new technologies. 

Business development and diversification

The growth of the local LNG sector has provided a unique opportunity for complementary industries to locate in WA, and to develop and diversify to support project life cycles including the construction, operations, maintenance and decommissioning phases. 

Technology and decarbonisation

WA is an ideal location for new downstream processing and future energies projects. WA is ready to take the next step in identifying opportunities for advancing innovative technologies, synergies between gas and renewables, and decarbonisation in the LNG sector. 


LNG Jobs Taskforce initiatives 

The LNG Jobs Taskforce is supporting initiatives which bring together government and industry to maximise local jobs and establish WA as a global LNG hub. 

Forward Work Plans

Developing and presenting forward work plans is a priority of the LNG jobs taskforce, and aims to maximise opportunities for the participation of local businesses in the LNG sector during both construction and operations by providing 2 years' advance visibility of future works. 

The forward work plans are available on the LNG Forward Work Plans - ICN Gateway (external link).

Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre 

The LNG Jobs Taskforce is supporting the establishment of the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre. The centre will undertake cutting-edge, industry-led research, education and training to support Australia in maintaining and enhancing its position as a lead energy exporter. 

One of the key elements is the LNG Futures Facility, which will enable LNG companies, contractors, service providers and subject matter experts to test and refine processes in a live, micro-scale plant environment.

For further information, visit the Future Energy Exports Cooperative Research Centre website (external link).

Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks

The LNG Jobs Taskforce is supporting the Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks. The centre is focused on long subsea ‘tieback’ discoveries that will enhance the industry’s understanding of hostile deep-sea conditions. Subsea tiebacks are a ‘connection’ between a new oil and gas discovery with an existing production facility. 

For further information, visit the Centre for Long Subsea Tiebacks website (external link).

LNG Operator Skills Framework

The LNG Jobs Taskforce is supporting the development and execution of the LNG operator skills framework, an industry-led initiative to standardise LNG worker training so their qualifications are recognised by all operating LNG companies.

This training program will create the materials and coursework needed to ensure LNG process operators have the skills to work safely and competently on an LNG plant. 

Page reviewed 11 June 2021