Infrastructure Facility of Significance process

Infrastructure Facility of Significance process

Approval as an Infrastructure Facility of Significance (IFS)

On the 10th March 2010, Australia Pacific LNG applied to the Queensland Government seeking approval for declaration of the Australia Pacific LNG project as an "Infrastructure Facility of Significance (IFS)" under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act).

On the 27th August 2010, the Queensland Government granted the approval of the Australia Pacific LNG Project as an Infrastructure Facility of Significance (IFS).

The approval includes the following elements of the Project:

  • The construction and operation of a high pressure underground gas transmission pipeline system from Australia Pacific LNG’s coal seam gas fields to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility to be built at Laird Point, near Gladstone.
  • The construction and operation of the LNG facility and associated onshore and marine facilities.

Consultation period

As part of the approval, the Project needs to secure suitable land interests for the construction, operation and maintenance of the pipeline and LNG facility. The consultation and negotiation period for the proposed acquisition of land interests required for the Facility commenced on 15 October 2010. Australia Pacific LNG has extended the consultation and negotiation period from 31 October 2011 until 30 June 2012. 

Contacting stakeholders

Australia Pacific LNG contacts stakeholders whose land falls within the approval area and is affected by the Facility along proposed infrastructure corridors.

Contact with, and information to stakeholders, is provided in a number of ways, including:

  • Personalised letters
  • Land Liaison Officers
  • Public Notices in regional and metropolitan newspapers
  • Dedicated contacts to take phone calls and answer questions
  • This website

Acquisition of lands

It is important to note that Australia Pacific LNG is committed to a fair and transparent negotiation process for the acquisition of land interests required for the project.

We have an appreciation and respect for the social and economic value of the land affected by the project and wish to respectfully negotiate with landowners to reach a mutual understanding and outcome.

Australia Pacific LNG’s negotiations with landowners must meet the requirements of Guidelines set out in the SDPWO Act. If an agreement cannot be reached, Australia Pacific LNG must demonstrate that all reasonable attempts have been made to reach a voluntary agreement before it may apply to the Queensland Government to have the land interests compulsorily acquired.

Consultation and negotiation for the proposed acquisition of lands commenced on 15 October 2010 and will now end on 30 June 2012.

Indigenous (ILUA) negotiations

Australia Pacific LNG is committed to holding good faith negotiations with Native Title Parties (that is, registered native title claimants and other persons who claim to hold native title in relation to the Affected Area) about the impact of the Facility on their claimed native title rights and interests.

Australia Pacific LNG commenced conducting consultation and negotiation on 15 October 2010 The consultation and negotiation process will result in a series of registered Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs). Australia Pacific LNG has extended the consultation and negotiation period from 31 October 2011 until 30 June 2012.

For more information

If you would like more information about the IFS process you can download a copy of the relevant Public Notice:

Non-indigenous Public Notice (603KB)

Indigenous (ILUA negotiation) Public Notice (600KB)


Download a copy of the previous Public Notices:

Non-indigenous Public Notice (375KB)

Indigenous (ILUA negotiation) Public Notice (347KB)

Non-indigenous Public Notice (366KB)

Indigenous (ILUA negotiation) Public Notice (460KB)


Download a copy of the Application and maps:

IFS application (3MB)

IFS maps (7.2MB)