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Corporate* 73.9% South Australia 10.5% Indonesia 6.6% Victoria 5.2% Queensland 2.3% Northern Territory 1.4% United States 0.1%

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    Sponsorships that are not geographically focused.

Santos’ sponsorship program is geographically distributed in a manner consistent with the spread of the Company’s operations in each area.


Education 68.4% General community 16.4% Arts and culture 7.5% Environment 3.2% Conferences/industry/ government 2.6% Santos Community Fund 0.9% Indigenous 0.9% Youth 0.1%

Santos’ sponsorship program provides support to education (e.g., Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide), environment (e.g., Our Patch program, Snowy River Walking Trail), art and culture (e.g., Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Darwin Festival) and a range of youth development activities (e.g., Science Week at the South Australian Museum).

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Santos is also partnering with the University of Sydney to better understand the effects of drilling on deep-sea biodiversity, undertake experiments to study the physiological impacts on marine fauna and determine whether subsea production structures can create reefs.


Santos has formed relationships with the many communities in which it has operations and recognises that it has a responsibility to contribute to the social fabric of those communities.

This is achieved in part through a well-established sponsorship and donations program and in 2006 Santos contributed over $3.8 million to more than 160 events and organisations in South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria, Indonesia and the United States and some examples follow.

and also provides additional support to Santos employees who contribute their own time and resources to improve the community.

Effective consultation and engagement with local people has been the centrepiece of Santos’ community development programs in Indonesia, which aim to assist those communities improve their quality of life through initiatives that boost health, education and incomes.

Santos’ programs are based on high quality research – including baseline studies, social mapping and needs assessment – community and government consultation, and third-party partnerships.

In 2006, Santos supported education scholarships; agricultural, vocational and teacher training; maternal child health; home industries; fishing fleets; water and sanitation; health centres, and cultural events in 36 villages – up from four in 2002.

In 2006, Santos teamed up with Adelaide organisation ITShare to recycle and redistribute more than 500 laptop computers that were no longer required by the Company. ITShare is a not-for-profit organisation that helps socially disadvantaged people to enjoy the benefits of computer technology.


Santos seeks to work cooperatively with Indigenous communities in the geographic areas the Company operates in and shares responsibility for managing and protecting areas of cultural significance to Indigenous people.

An important part of Santos’ sponsorship program is the Santos Community Fund, which provides financial and in-kind support to organisations that benefit the community in the areas of health, the environment and building social capacity.

Santos works with regulatory agencies and local Indigenous communities to develop appropriate compensation and cultural heritage plans in the areas in which we operate. At present, Santos has agreements in place with nine Indigenous groups.

The fund brings together all the contributions Santos makes to community-based organisations

Elements of these agreements include provision for the employment of nominated members of the

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