Respecting land and culture

For decades Santos has been building enduring relationships with Aboriginal communities where we operate, respecting Aboriginal cultural heritage and custodianship of the land.

As an Australian owned and operated business, Santos believes that working with Aboriginal communities is vital to sustaining the long term viability of our business, and delivering the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas to homes and industry throughout Australia and Asia.

Sharing the benefits

We are committed to building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with local communities, businesses and Aboriginal people.

We do this by providing employment, training, education and enterprise opportunities associated with our industry, so that the communities in which we work share in the benefits of natural gas development.

We positively favour local and indigenous businesses and have procurement strategies that take into consideration local and indigenous capability.

In 2018 Santos partnered with the University of Adelaide to create the inaugural Santos Karnkanthi Indigenous Engineering School. Almost 30 students in year 11 and 12 spent a week in Adelaide getting a taste of all aspects of engineering, including structural, through a roof climb of the Adelaide Oval. It also established scholarships for students to enter longer engineering education programs.


Native title, land rights and cultural heritage

Santos applies best practice in the management of cultural heritage and has a comprehensive cultural heritage management system in place.

We work with 18 traditional owner groups and three land councils and have about 75 agreements under implementation relating to native title, cultural heritage, consent and access. We ensure communities are fully informed prior to accessing land.

Every year we undertake up to 500 cultural heritage approvals and engage up to 150 cultural heritage officers across our operations.