Community and stakeholders


Engaging and working with key stakeholders, especially local communities, is crucial to AWE’s long term business sustainability.

AWE has a well-established track record in community engagement in Western Australia’s Perth Basin, where good stakeholder relationships are vital to maintaining a sustainable business and a social licence to operate. Over time, AWE has built strong relationships with the local communities, educational institutions, regulators, indigenous and freehold landowners, and local and state governments.

Our dealings with all stakeholders are characterised by transparency, a spirit of positive engagement, honesty and integrity. These qualities will continue to underpin our operations, particularly as we increase activity levels in the onshore Perth Basin.

AWE’s approach to community and stakeholder engagement is based on two key foundations:

  • operations are based in the community (no fly in fly out), and
  • face to face contact is essential for building positive relationships

We engage with people and communities in a number of ways, including open information exchange sessions, presentations, site visits, websites and email, and one-on-one meetings. These interactions provide numerous opportunities for communities and landowners to voice their concerns and offer stakeholders an insight into AWE’s current and planned operations.

AWE also continued its close working relationship with the Mid West Chamber of Commerce and Industry to ensure that local businesses were able to participate in contract tendering processes for the Waitsia project. This is consistent with AWE’s stated objective of using local service providers wherever possible.


Economic contribution to the Mid West region of WA


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Case Study: Community Engagement

Maintaining our social licence to operate by meeting the safety and environmental standards expected by the local community, landowners and government remains a key priority for AWE. The company continued to implement a number of community engagement and relationship management programs, especially in Western Australia, where the company significantly increased activity levels at the Waitsia project.

AWE created and launched the Mid West community website to provide local residents and stakeholders with a source of detailed and relevant information about AWE’s exploration and appraisal activities in the north Perth Basin. The website is updated regularly with general information about the company and specific information about our operating activities, work opportunities, health and safety, community engagement, upcoming events, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and a regularly updated blog. The website can be visited at:

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