Applications open for grants for new gas frontier

Published Thursday, 09 November, 2023 at 11:05 AM


Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment
The Honourable Cameron Dick

Minister for Resources
The Honourable Scott Stewart

  • Queensland’s new Frontier Gas Exploration Program is open for applications
  • $21 million of grants available to unlock new reserves

A new grants program to unlock new gas reserves is now open for applications.

$21 million in funding is available through the Frontier Gas grants program for companies looking to explore and unlock new reserves in the Bowen and Galilee basins and bring Queensland gas to market sooner.

Since 2017, Queensland has released over 20,000 square kilometres of land exclusively for domestic supply.

Queensland produces around one third of Australia’s domestic supply, and this share will continue to increase as southern reserves decline.

Gas will continue to play an important role in underpinning the reliability of the electricity market as Queensland works towards a 70 per cent renewable energy target by 2032.

Applications for the Frontier Gas Grants close on 31 January 2024.

Quotes attributable to the Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment Cameron Dick:

“Our Government will continue to back Queensland’s resources industry, which has been a bedrock of our economy for more than a century and supports more than 75,000 jobs.

“As we drive our clean energy transformation, we’re determined to continue to make the most of our gas reserves that are so vital to Australia’s heavy industries and the jobs they support.

“These natural advantages and our commitment to supporting new investment make Queensland the growth engine of the country.”

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Resources Scott Stewart:

“Last financial year, the gas sector generated $2.3 billion in royalties, which are being reinvested to deliver critical local infrastructure including schools, hospitals and ports.

“While the southern states have imposed restrictions and moratoriums on the development of their onshore gas resources, Queensland continues to do the heavy lifting in the east coast gas market,” he said.

“The Frontier Gas Grants will provide industry the investment certainty it needs to develop the Bowen and Galilee Basins, helping to ensure Queensland’s gas supply remains reliable and affordable in the years to come.

“The Palaszczuk Government is supporting our explorers which will help secure a strong and stable resources sector into the future which also supports good jobs in our regions.”

Further information:


Media Contact Chris Lees (Minister Stewart’s Office)