What is oil and gas used for?

Oil and natural gas play a critical role in our daily lives.

Domestic & commercial uses

  • It’s used in homes and businesses for cooking, heating and cooling, and to power appliances like BBQs.

Energy generation

  • It generates cleaner, reliable energy to power our homes, hospitals, mines, and businesses. As gas-fired generators can start up quickly, natural gas partners with renewable technologies to provide reliable energy when the wind doesn’t blow, or the sun doesn’t shine.


  • Natural gas also provides the base ingredient for products like plastics, fertiliser and fabrics, which are needed for everyday products like mobile phones, clothes, pharmaceuticals, car tyres, and household appliances.

Export commodities

  • Natural gas is one of Australia’s most important export commodities and will be crucial to meeting global net zero emissions targets, especially as nations in the Asia-Pacific region reduce emissions by switching from coal to gas-fired electricity.

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