Briefing: How will Australia cope with peak oil?

A briefing by the Australian Science Media Centre has looked at the issue of peak oil in Australia, and how Australia’s lifestyle, transport systems, development and economy will be affected by the inevitable rise in price, and decrease in availability, of the fossil fuel.

The briefing addressed the following questions:

  • Why the price of petrol will continue to climb
  • The likely impacts of peak oil on a highly globalised world, including supply disruption and price volatility
  • Oil production, importation and consumption rates in Australia over time
  • How Australian cities will cope when they can no longer rely on oil


Associate Professor Neil Sipe, Discipline Head of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University, Queensland

Dr Michelle Zeibots, Senior Research Consultant and transport planner from the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney

Professor Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at the Curtin Sustainability Policy Institute, Curtin University, Western Australia

The briefing audio can be listened to here.