Our Material Issues


We value the views of our stakeholders and continually seek to better understand and respond to the material issues that concern them. Woodside considers sustainability issues to be material if they have the potential to impact our ability to achieve our business strategy, our reputation, or are of material concern to our stakeholders.

Materiality Process

Each year we conduct a materiality assessment to identify the sustainability issues of significance to our stakeholders and our business. The outcomes of this process guide the content of our Sustainable Development Report​.​  More information on Woodside's materiality process can be found in the Sustainable Development Report 2017.

Find out more about our GRI boundaries for sustainability issues.

As part of continuous improvement we strengthened our materiality process during 2017 in both the identify and prioritise phase. In the identify phase we expanded our stakeholder representation and conducted a more comprehensive desktop review to identify key risks and impacts, emerging trends and challenges. During the prioritise phase we incorporated a weighting score to the internal and external criteria in addition to including a new criteria for our ability to meaningfully contribute to the SDGs.

Submissions to Government

Woodside contributes to the policy debate on issues that are important to our business, by providing submissions to government and parliamentary requests or reviews. The list below includes those submissions that are publically available and outline a position on the matters being considered.  Woodside has also provided a range of submissions in previous years, available via various source websites.