The oil and gas industry supplies more than 60% of Australia's energy. Oil and natural gas heat our homes, fuel our cars and cook our food. They also help to generate the electricity that powers our day to day lives. Australia is a member of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) group which develop and promote policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. We are one of only three net hydrocarbon exporting countries in the OECD and we are the largest net exporter of coal. We also export natural gas and import oil.
As a country, we supply energy resources both domestically and internationally as we have large resources in uranium, coal and natural gas.
The oil and gas industry is a major contributor to the Australian economy. We also have strong potential for growth in expanding productions and increasing our exports.
Australia supports environmental conservation projects, community development and corporate responsibility programs and we have regulated and ethical trade agreements concerning the exportation and use of uranium. We only supply it to countries who have signed bilateral agreements with us and who comply with strict regulations that it only be used for generating electricity and not for warfare or weapon creation. There are many different job opportunities in the oil and gas industry though it is quite a competitive sector. Working away from home or travel between specific plants, pipelines or locations around Australia is often required.
Responsibilities across the energy industry vary widely depending on the role and environment. Most roles involve a high level of dedication to occupational health and safety due to the risks inherent across the sector. If you are working in an engineering capacity you will be required to research and develop the appropriate tools and machinery for the task at hand. Almost all roles require a high level of interpersonal skills as most employees work in teams to achieve a common goal.