Australian Industry Participation in Petroleum Developments

The Australian Government facilitates opportunities for Australian industry to participate in the development, operation and maintenance of petroleum projects in Australia.

The Australian Government’s policy is to encourage project developers to maximise opportunities for Australian industry participation in major projects in Australia and overseas. This includes encouraging project developers to develop and implement an Australian Industry Participation (AIP) Plan. An AIP Plan outlines the actions the project will take to provide Australian suppliers with full, fair and reasonable opportunity to participate in major projects through all tiers of the supply chain.

AIP initiatives do not mandate levels of local content, and recognise that decisions on the supply of goods and services are properly made by the project developer. These initiatives include the:

Information on Australian Industry Participation is available at

Enhanced Project By-law Scheme

The Enhanced Project By-law Scheme (EPBS) offers a duty concession to major projects on imported eligible goods, provided they meet the program eligibility requirements, including developing and implementing an approved AIP Plan. In 2006, EPBS eligible industries were expanded to include the power supply and water supply industries. Other eligible industries include mining, resource processing, agriculture, food processing, food packaging, manufacturing, and gas supply.

Guidelines on how to apply for the EPBS, including how to develop an AIP Plan are available on the AusIndustry website under applying for a tax or duty concession.

Supplier Access to Major Projects

The Supplier Access to Major Projects (SAMP) Program saves companies time and money. SAMP assists major projects to reduce their search and transaction costs by helping to identify capable and competitive Australian suppliers.

SAMP was expanded in 2006 to include SAMP Global. SAMP Global focuses on increasing opportunities for Australian industry to supply major projects overseas.

Information on SAMP and SAMP Global is available at and

Industry Capability Network Limited

Industry Capability Network Limited (ICNL) works to facilitate participation of Australian industry in resources and energy projects. Industry Capability Network (ICN) offices have a central role in matching Australian capability with the needs of industry. ICNL is a national body that coordinates the work of the State based and New Zealand ICN offices. ICNL manages a national online, real time database with an extensive listing of over 38,000 Australian and New Zealand companies. The database also lists project opportunities.

The ICN is an independently managed network of non profit organisations financially supported by Australian, State/Territory, and New Zealand governments. Throughout industry and government the ICN is recognised as a credible source of independent advice on Australian industry capability. Its service include:

Contact point for SAMP and ICNL:

Executive Director
Industry Capability Network Limited
PO Box 130
Telephone: +61 2 6285 2033
Facsimile: +61 2 6285 2842
Web page:
Information on AIP, EPBS, SAMP, and ICNL is available at

Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA) is the peak national body representing the collective interests of the upstream oil and gas exploration and production industry. APPEA’s full membership is currently more than 50 companies and is increasing. It assists its membership by working with State, Territory and Australian Governments to implement policies that promote investment and maximise returns to the Australian community. APPEA also seeks to increase community and government understanding of the petroleum industry by publishing information about its activities and economic importance to the nation.

APPEA is working with its membership to assist in attracting and retaining a competent, safe and environmentally responsible workforce. The Australian Government has endorsed the APPEA Best Practice Guide for Maximising Australian Industry Participation in Petroleum Exploration and Production. This guide is also drawn to the attention of developers seeking production licences.

The annual APPEA Conference and Exhibition consistently attracts more than twelve hundred delegates over three days and provides a major showcase for the industry.

For further information on APPEA, please contact:

APPEA Head Office
Level 3 / 24 Marcus Clarke Street
Telephone: +61 2 6247 0960
Facsimile: +61 2 6247 0548
Level 1 / 190 St George’s Terrace
Telephone: +61 8 9321 9775
Facsimile: +61 8 9321 9778