There are a number of ways we do this: we create local jobs, we employ local apprentices and trainees, we buy from local businesses, we add to local infrastructure and we support local communities.  We call this support ‘Social Investment’. We work in partnership with communities to deliver this investment because we know strong and diverse local economies benefit everyone. For Shell, they keep supply chains short and create a stronger labour market for local hire. For communities, they create jobs, keep rural towns vibrant and help attract new residents.

How we’re working with local communities

When Shell seeks to partner with the community, we don’t have a pre-determined outcome in mind. We ask the community how we can best be involved and listen to what they tell us. In these discussions three areas come up repeatedly:

  1. Local communities want young people to have meaningful jobs
  2. Many Aboriginal groups want pathways to real jobs, to strengthen cultural identity and to shape their own future
  3. Regional communities want to continue to prosper and not be dependent on Shell for their economic wellbeing

Accordingly, our Social Investment initiatives are based on the below priorities.

Our priority areas

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Jobs For The Future

Helping the students of today become tomorrow’s leaders who are confident finding solutions to real world challenges. We think there are three aspects to building science skills and our programs are based on these:

  • Inspiring a passion for science
  • Teaching science well
  • Research
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Supporting Stronger First Nations

Supporting First Nations as they act to rebuild their identity and shape their future. Shell provides programs that support:

  • Pathways to jobs
  • Strong culture
  • Good governance
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Regional Economic Development

Working in partnership with local communities to increase diversity and economic resilience. Shell supports regional economies by delivering programs that:

  • Grow local businesses
  • Connect local businesses to new markets
  • Welcome new families

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We are proud of our flagship partnerships

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Shell’s QGC Communities Fund

We support community organisations in the Western Downs and Gladstone areas to deliver community projects through the Shell’s QGC Communities Fund and Sponsorship and Donations program.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders peoples

Shell acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s First Peoples and the traditional owners and custodians of the land on which we work.