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Review of CSG-induced subsidence

Queensland’s resources and agricultural sectors are vital to our economy and the success of our regions, so it’s important that they coexist well together.

Our coexistence framework supports interactions between these sectors; however, there are still some challenges, such as the issue of coal seam gas (CSG)-induced subsidence and its potential impact on farming operations.

CSG-induced subsidence occurs where groundwater is extracted by gas companies to allow gas production to occur, leading to compaction of the coal seams and possible surface-level subsidence. This has created concerns and uncertainty for landholders in relation to impacts on their agribusiness activities.

A recent review of the regulatory framework for CSG-induced subsidence was undertaken by the GasFields Commission Queensland (GFCQ), resulting in a number of recommendations being made to government.

We have accepted the GFCQ’s review and will support six of the eight recommendations in full and two in principle. Several actions will be undertaken to address these recommendations, including:

  • developing a new framework to assess, manage and compensate for CSG-induced subsidence impacts to farming operations
  • expanding the remit of the Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA) to provide advice on subsidence and develop tools to assess the impacts of subsidence on farming operations.

These actions tie in closely with the Queensland Resources Industry Development Plan and will support coexistence reforms that are underway to help build strong relationships between resources, agriculture and other land uses.

Read more about our response to the GFCQ’s review of CSQ-induced subsidence (PDF, 144.8KB).

Last reviewed: 03 June 2023