Australia's onshore natural gas industry has expanded rapidly with the establishment of a new natural gas-LNG industry in Queensland. In this evolving environment, The University of Queensland recognised a need for a coordinated access point to address the community, government and industry challenges.

The Centre for Natural Gas conducts research and supports education in key discipline areas including economics, business, petroleum engineering, geosciences, water, ecology and social sciences.

The Centre is funded through a membership model, and current member organisations are Arrow Energy, Santos and APLNG as well as The University of Queensland. 

The centre draws on the extensive research and educational capabilities within The University of Queensland and collaborates with industry and research organisations nationally (for example with CSIRO’s GISERA program) and internationally (for example with the University of Texas at Austin in the USA and Heriot Watt University in the UK).

It also provides independent advice to industry and government. Activities include advice on policy or business-relevant matters, leadership on scientific and technical issues and strategic planning.

The Centre is positioned to convert strategic research into capabilities and technologies that support the development and efficient operations of the natural gas industry. Commercialisation provides companies with access to products and services that are ‘fit-for-business’.

The Centre for Natural Gas is managed by a core team who oversees its operations. Central to the team are three professorial research chairs who cover the areas of Geoscience, Petroleum Engineering, Water and Social Performance.

As of the beginning of 2017, the Centre moved from the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) to the UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) for administrative reasons relating to HR, finance and IT.