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Energy production

Energy production rose by 4% in 2017–18 to 18,603 PJ. This is consistent with the trend in energy production over the past decade. Coal accounted for 69% of Australia’s energy production in 2017–18, followed by natural gas.

Australia’s energy production has become increasingly export-oriented. Australia is a net exporter of energy, with net exports equal to around 66% of production.

Australian energy production - by fuel type

 

This figure shows Australian energy production by fuel type in petajoules from 1977–78 to 2017–18. Domestic production of primary energy increased by 4 per cent in 2017–18, to reach 18,603 petajoules. Coal accounted for more than two-thirds of Australia’s energy production in 2017-18, followed by natural gas.

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy (2019) Australian Energy Statistics, Table J

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Australian energy balance

 

Alt text: The figure shows the Australian energy balance of production, consumption and net exports in petajoules from 1977–78 to 2017–18. Australia is a net exporter of energy, including coal and natural gas, with net exports equal to around two-thirds of production.

Source: Department of the Environment and Energy (2019) Australian Energy Statistics, Table J

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