How we operate

CCSG is funded through a membership model, where organisations and individuals can contribute a minimum of $500,000 for five years to fund multi-party (core project) research and educational activities.

The current member organisations are: The University of Queensland, Shell, Arrow Energy, Santos and APLNG.

Opportunities also exist for investing in individual research projects. If you would like more information or want to discuss options, please send an email the Centre’s Director, Professor Andrew Garnett at

Membership funding is one method in which the Centre seeks to fund research projects. As with other centres at The University of Queensland, researchers are encouraged to apply for other sources of funding, including competitive grants.

In addition, there is scope for other stakeholders to provide direct support for an area of research that they believe should be undertaken at the Centre.

CCSG's governance structure is summarised in the diagram below (click for a larger image). 

As a centre of The University of Queensland, CCSG is subject to the university's policies and procedures and ultimately reports to the Vice-Chancellor.

Key decisions about CCSG's activities and priorities are made by the centre's director, with guidance provided by two advisory bodies. The centre's governance structure is outlined in a commercial agreement between The University of Queensland, Shell, Arrow Energy, and Santos, signed in December 2011.

The Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) is chaired by a nominee of the Vice-Chancellor, currently the UQ Energy Initiative Director Professor Chris Greig. The SAB consists of senior representatives from CCSG members, UQ, APPEA, and the Queensland Government. The SAB endorses research projects and provides advice and guidance to the CCSG Director on the strategic direction of the centre. It also maintains an overview of the CCSG’s performance.

The SAB and DAB do not have an operational focus and are not involved in the day-to-day management of the Centre.

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) advises the CCSG Director and the SAB on the centre's research and education priorities. This includes reviewing the technical adequacy of research proposals to ensure they satisfy the CCSG research needs and monitoring the progress of ongoing projects. The TAG is chaired by the CCSG Director, and its members include CCSG's Professorial Chairs and representatives from the centre's members and collaborating organisations, including the Queensland Government.

The TAG also takes advice on potential research ideas and technical issues from the four research theme groups that are coordinated by the CCSG Professorial Chairs. These groups align with the CCSG research themes: Petroleum Engineering, Geosciences, Water, and Social Performance and include representatives from the centre's members and collaborating organisations who have relevant expertise.

The terms of reference for these groups provides further detail.



As a UQ centre, CCSG adheres to UQ policies and procedures designed to ensure the integrity of research. For example:

4.20 Research Conduct and Integrity

4.20.02 Responsible Conduct of Research

4.20.03 Code of Conduct for Research Activities within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

4.20.04 Authorship

4.20.04a6 Attribution of Publication Affiliation 

4.20.05 Research Misconduct

4.20.06 Research Data Management

4.20.08 Open Access for UQ Research Outputs

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research outlines expectations and responsibilities of researchers to further ensure independent and rigorous investigations.

Members can provide input into potential research projects, however, they cannot prevent a project from going ahead, nor do they have editorial control on research outcomes.

CCSG encourages all UQ researchers to publish their findings in internationally recognised, peer-reviewed journals, which in turn ensures research is made available to the public. Indeed, the careers of researchers and international standing and reputation of the university hinge on continuing this practice. Publication of some findings may be subject to commercial confidentiality.

All journal papers and project reports from the Centre for Coal Seam Gas (CCSG) have been published without anything being labelled confidential.