More than $505 million in compensation has been paid to Queensland landholders by gas companies

Our landholders

There are more than two million land titles in Queensland.

Some with one owner, some with many owners and some joined together to form large land holdings. The exact numbers are changing continuously.

Across those titles, there are more than 4,700 Conduct and Compensation Agreements.

These Conduct and Compensation Agreements are held by 1,472 different landholders.

In cases where there is more than one resource company operating on a property, this property will have more than one Conduct and Compensation Agreement (CCA) registered to it.

As at 31 March 2019, 45 percent of landholders with CCAs held more than one.

Ninety percent of CCAs are held on freehold land and landholders living in the Maranoa and Western Downs Regional Council areas account for 72 percent of all CCAs.

Gas companies have paid more than $505 million in compensation to landholders along with thousands of in-kind agreements such as fencing, roads, gravel and in some areas access to treated water for cropping that are difficult to put a dollar figure on.

While petroleum tenure overlaps with 9.3% of Queensland dryland agriculture and 3.4% of intensive land use area, this does not reflect the actual surface footprint of petroleum and gas development activities.

This overlap may seem small however it is still very important to the landholders affected. You can read about the experiences of some of these landholders via our rural landholder insights articles. 

The GasFields Commission is aware that mistakes have been made and many changes have been implemented over the past decade to better support balanced relationships between landholders and gas companies.

Land access is controlled within Queensland's land access framework that comprises:

To access private land for advanced activities that are likely to have an impact on land use, the gas companies and landholders must agree to a Land Access Agreement or Conduct and Compensation Agreement (CCA) prior to work commencing. Read our tips for negotiating a CCA.

The GasFields Commission’s role is to support respectful and balanced working relationships in the gas fields and best practice business to business relationships.

Rather than becoming directly involved in one-on-one negotiations, the GasFields Commission provides the information needed for informed decision-making.

We have a network of regionally based officers who can assist landholders, communities and local governments in person.

Important resources

  1. Guide to land access in Queensland
  2. Land Access Code
  3. The Gas Guide
  4. MyMinesOnline
  5. Queensland Globe
  6. QDEX Data