Groundwater Research

Groundwater contributes about 98% of the fresh water on the planet and accounts for around one third of our total water consumption in Australia.

Improving our knowledge and understanding

Improving our knowledge and understanding of Queensland's groundwater systems is ensuring the proper management and long term sustainability of vital sectors like agriculture and the onshore gas industry.

The Surat Basin is the main location for Queensland's expanding gas industry and as such has also been the focus of much of the groundwater research effort.

The current research initiatives are:

Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment (OGIA)

OGIA carried out a number of technical studies in the Surat Cumulative Management Area, the results of which underpin the 2019 Surat Underground Water Impact Report and the ongoing assessment of groundwater impacts. The studies relate to the nature of groundwater flow systems, hydrogeological and geological investigations, groundwater flow modelling, interconnectivity of aquifers, and springs assessment.

Gas Industry Social & Environmental Research Alliance (GISERA)

GISERA has been formed to provide scientific research to contribute to a desire by community, government and industry alike for additional information on the growing natural gas industry. GISERA's research aims to improve the understanding of regional groundwater flows and management of groundwater impacts. Its current members are CSIRO, Australia Pacific LNG, AGL, Origin, Santos and QGC.

Queensland University of Technology Environmental Systems

QUT's School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences has a research focus on groundwater resource monitoring which works in collaboration with government, industry and private sectors. Important outcomes of the research are multidisciplinary projects based on genuine integration.

The University of Queensland Centre for Natural Gas

This research has produced a publicly available web-based atlas of water chemistry which provides insights into coal seam hydrology and potential interactions with other aquifers; improves our understanding of processes controlling water chemistry in coal seams and other aquifers; and refines water monitoring design.


Important resources

  1. Underground water
  2. Water monitoring data

Reports and publications