INPEX is committed to contributing to the sustainable development of the communities in which we operate, improving social and economic wellbeing while minimising our impact on the environment.        

Through extensive support programs and engagement with all stakeholders, INPEX seeks to ensure that our host communities benefit from our Projects.

Creating Careers for Territorians 

Northern Territory Open Education Centre

INPEX and its joint venture participants announced in October 2013 they will donate AUD $3 million towards the relocation and construction of the Northern Territory Open Education Centre (NTOEC). NTOEC is a secondary school providing distance education to more than 500 Year 10–12 students in some of the most remote parts of Australia’s Northern Territory. The donation will assist the Northern Territory Government update and expand this important facility. The school is scheduled to open in mid-2016.


The Northern Australian Centre for Oil and Gas

The Northern Australian Centre for Oil and Gas at Charles Darwin University was officially opened in November 2012. INPEX and its Ichthys LNG Project Joint Venture participants Total, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Chubu Electric Power and Toho Gas contributed AUD $3 million towards the construction of the centre as part of a AUD $91 million environmental and social benefits package. The centre has teaching and training facilities for both Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education and has been established to assist with resourcing the growing number of oil and gas projects in the Territory over the coming years. Charles Darwin University has been placed in the world's top 300 universities.

Kimberley Rock Art  

INPEX has shown its commitment to understanding and preserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage by donating AUD$500,000 to the Kimberley Foundation Australia in November 2012. Through this program Traditional Owners are working alongside archaeologists to ensure findings are recorded, maintained and available for future generations. INPEX’s contribution helps enable the position of the Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art at the University of Western Australia’s Centre for Rock Art Research and Management to be perpetually endowed. Our involvement is important from both a research and community development perspective.

Larrakia Trade Training Centre

As part of our commitment to supporting sustainable Aboriginal economic development, INPEX and its Ichthys LNG Project major participant Total donated AUD $3 million to the construction of Larrakia Trade Training Centre, which was built by the Larrakia Development Corporation in Darwin.

LTTC outside view LTTC training in action
The Larrakia Trade Training Centre in Darwin provides students an opportunity to gain professional, practical skills leading to meaningful employment.

The centre and its dynamic new approach to training offers any student, Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, young or mature age, the chance to gain practical life skills and meaningful employment through opportunities evolving in Darwin. These skills will help students build a brighter future for themselves and the Northern Territory.

While open to everyone, the centre provides unique support to Aboriginal students. Students learn professional, practical skills such as electrical, automotive mechanics, metal fabrication, plumbing, civil and general construction, refrigeration and mining.

Djarindjin-Lombadina Airport

In 2009 INPEX signed an agreement with the Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation for the long-term management of the Djarindjin-Lombadina Airport in the Kimberley, Western Australia. The Djarindjin Aboriginal Corporation own and operate the airport on behalf of the local Bardi Jawi people. In partnership with the Western Australian Government, INPEX undertook a major upgrade to the airport which now guarantees access for emergency departures from the Browse Basin fields. The upgrade has greatly improved safety for offshore rig workers, especially during cyclone and emergency evacuations. For the people of Djarindjin, the agreement provides another income stream together with training and job opportunities.

Community Sponsorship and Investment

INPEX proudly sponsor

At INPEX we see community sponsorship and investment as a great way of engaging, supporting and enhancing the social and economic development of our host communities. INPEX focuses its sponsorship and community investment activities in four key areas which reflect the INPEX corporate values and business goals. These are:

  • Education and training
  • The environment
  • Community events
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community development

In 2013 INPEX and the Ichthys Project funded approximately AUD $400,000 in sponsorship programs. Seventy per cent of these took place in Darwin, with the other 30 per cent in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, greater Northern Territory region and Perth.


Among the many community events and initiatives INPEX and the Ichthys Project sponsored are:

  • NT Thunder Football Club
  • Darwin Harbour Clean-up Day
  • Palmerston Festival
  • Barunga Festival
  • Darwin Festival
  • Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival
  • Australian Volunteer Coast Guard NT
  • NT Training Awards
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • Australia Day Fun Run (Darwin)
  • Engineers Australia Northern Division
  • Kimberley Art Prize.

To apply for sponsorship with INPEX or the Ichthys Project please download the Community Sponsorship and Investment Application Form and the Community Sponsorship and Investment Guidelines.

For more information please email

Supporting communities in need

As one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, INPEX believes it has a responsibility to help communities in need. INPEX has donated more than AUD $3 million dollars to the following causes:

  • Japanese Red Cross flood relief efforts
  • Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief appea
  • Victorian Bushfire Appeal
  • City of Perth Lord Mayor’s Gascoyne and Mid West Floods Appeal
  • Philippines Red Cross Appeal For Help for those affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

We listen to the community

Maintaining regular and open engagement with the communities in which we operate is paramount to INPEX. We are committed to addressing all community queries through a number of feedback tools which include:

  • Community forums
  • Free call:1800 705 010
  • Email:
  • Shopping centre displays
  • Regular stakeholder briefings.

Regular communication and Project updates are also circulated using advertising, bulletins, newsletters, fact sheets, email, formal and informal meetings, information sessions, posters and displays. Head to the Ichthys Project Community Noticeboard for more.

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