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We aspire to partner with and be trusted by Indigenous people and communities where we operate.

Supporting our Indigenous communities through natural gas production.

Santos has longstanding relationships with many Indigenous communities, some dating back over 30 years. We engage and work in partnership with Traditional Owner Groups and Land Councils for the lifecycle of our operations on matters relating to Native Title, consent and cultural heritage management.

In addition, we work to support economic opportunities including employment, training, education and enterprise opportunities. Santos is committed to building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities.

Read about our approach in the Santos Local Industry, Community and Indigenous Participation Policy.

Read more about our progress in Indigenous participation in the 2021 Sustainability Report.

Since 2015, implementation of Santos’ Cultural Heritage Management Process
across all operating locations has resulted in:

Watch our 2020 NAIDOC Week video.

Case study: Santos Aboriginal Power Cup

The Santos Aboriginal Power Cup is the Port Adelaide Football Club’s flagship community program to support and develop the potential of young Aboriginal people. Established in 2008, the program has been a resounding success, hosting nearly 500 students from 70 schools in South Australia each year. Santos has proudly supported the event for 11 years.

With a competitive football carnival as its centrepiece, the Aboriginal Power Cup focuses on engaging young people in Aboriginal culture, education, healthy lifestyle choices, teamwork, leadership and life skills.

“The Aboriginal Power Cup is not just about football. It is a program that is driving real social improvement for young Aboriginal people by lifting school attendance and graduation rates, and providing a great platform for success in their future education, employment

and life endeavours,” Santos Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gallagher said.

The work completed in the program goes towards achievement of the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) in Year 12. 96 per cent of Aboriginal students in Year 12 who complete the Aboriginal Power Cup program go on to complete their SACE. The program has supported over 2,000 students over the past five years. By comparison, the average SACE completion by South Australian Aboriginal students in Year 12 is 50 per cent.

Port Adelaide Chief Executive Officer Keith Thomas thanked Santos for its ongoing support.

“The Aboriginal Power Cup is our community team’s flagship education program which has been achieving some amazing results – results that could not be possible without the backing of Santos,” Mr Thomas said.

Santos Managing Director and CEO Kevin Gallagher celebrates with Santos Aboriginal Power Cup participants.