Great Australian Bight

The Great Australian Bight is an environmental treasure of national and international significance, but a range of fossil fuel companies hold petroleum licences in the Bight and hope to drill for billions of barrels of oil and gas in the region.

Allowing companies to drill for oil in the Bight would accelerate global warming by further increasing Australia’s carbon emissions, endanger an essential marine ecosystem that acts as one of the most important whale sanctuaries in the world and put tourism, aquaculture and fisheries jobs at risk.

Whales at the head of The Great Australian Bight

Through our research The Australia Institute has shown that the environmental, economic and climate impacts of opening up a new fossil fuel frontier in the Bight simply don't stack up:

BP, Chevron and now Equinor have all abandoned their plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, but other companies still hold exploration leases in the area. If you want to see the Great Australian Bight protected for future generations, add your name to the petition asking the Australian Parliament to legislate to protect the Bight from oil drilling and to officially begin the process of declaring the area a UNESCO World Heritage Site.