Jobs & economic benefits in the Great Australian Bight

Business & economic opportunities

Our drilling program in the Great Australian Bight creates jobs, opportunities for local suppliers and tax revenues for governments.

If our exploration program is successful, the development of a hydrocarbon province in the Great Australian Bight could substantially contribute to South Australia’s economy through construction, employment and other opportunities for local businesses.

Logistics decisions for offshore exploration drilling have no bearing on decisions about where infrastructure and services may be located in the event of future operations.

Register for opportunities

We will always only select suppliers who are technically competent and commercially competitive, and who have the organisational capability to support the delivery of safe and compliant operations to our time schedule.

Register your interest online to hear about opportunities for local businesses.

Marine supply base

Our marine supply base to support exploration drilling in the Great Australian Bight will operate from Port Adelaide.

There will be a modest number of jobs created by the base. These will include catering and food for the rig, transport and logistics and other required services. Other jobs will be created indirectly through our activity and through contractors. 

ASCO, the supply base contractor, has committed to working with the Industry Capability Network to maximise opportunities for South Australian and Australian businesses.


The main aviation base for the program will be at Ceduna and Bristow Group has been awarded the rotary wing contract.

In addition to supplying aircraft and crews to move people and critical material offshore, Bristow will manage helicopter operations from Ceduna, as well as search and rescue services. An alternate helicopter landing facility will be built at Coorabie, a remote farming district west of Ceduna and at the head of the Great Australian Bight.

A hanger and supporting office blocks appropriate for the initial drilling program will be constructed as part of aviation operations. Bristow estimate there will be up to 30 people on rotation to operate the aviation services, in addition to rig crew moving through Ceduna before going to the rig.