Onshore Petroleum Assessment Lease - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this lease if you intend to hold the exclusive right to prospect for petroleum and to assess any petroleum deposit over a specified area of land in NSW. A lease allows you to maintain a title over a potential area, without having to commit to further exploration. You can however, continue prospecting operations and to recover petroleum in the course of assessing the viability of commercial mining.

This lease may be appropriate either where:

  • a resource has been proven and the feasibility of production has been established but the project is not currently viable, although it has potential to be developed in the foreseeable future
  • there are areas of potential which are natural extensions to existing operations or projects, but it is currently impractical to apply for a production lease.

Please be aware that the area comprised in the lease must be not more than 4 blocks.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this lease you must provide:

  • a map or plan of the intended area of land
  • a proposed work program that indicates the nature and extent of operations
  • evidence of your financial standing
  • evidence of your technical qualifications and the technical qualifications of your advisers
  • evidence of your ability to comply with the legislation (for example, a statement of undertaking)
  • all the requested documentation set out in the application form and pay the required fee.

Please be aware that following lodgement of your application, you are required to publish a newspaper advertisement giving notice of the application within 21 days. A petroleum assessment lease will not be granted until satisfactory copies of advertisements are lodged with the Agency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 6 years.



Fees will vary depending on your circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.



Your application must be lodged directly with the Agency and accompanied by any required information. Further details of the application and lodgement process are available from the Agency's website.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment
Division of Resources and Energy
Mineral Resources

Act(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2016 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Title Services
Department of Planning and Environment
Division of Resources and Energy
Mineral Resources

Operating address:
516 High Street
Maitland, New South Wales 2320
Mailing address:
PO Box 344
Hunter Regional Mail Centre
NSW 2310


02 4931 6500


02 4931 6776

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