Greenhouse gas exploration permit - Queensland

Service summary

You require a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) permit before exploration can take place. This permit is only available through a tender process. A GHG permit allows you, as the holder, to explore for greenhouse gas storage reservoirs within the permit area. It also allows you (the holder) to carry out injection testing with ministerial approval. Activities carried out by the permit holder must follow their approved work program.


Service type


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

Definition of terms

Greenhouse Gas Storage

Exploration for underground storage reservoirs for permanent storage of greenhouse gases (Carbon Dioxide).

Eligibility requirements

You require Ministerial approval and a Development Plan with an overview of proposed activities, including storage capacity and composition of GHG stream to be injected.

Applicants for a GHG permit or a GHG lease must take groundwater issues into account. Applicants must include a plan for the treatment and disposal of water used while carrying out authorised activities. For a GHG permit or a GHG lease, an environmental authority must be issued from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection before the permit or lease is granted.


You can transfer this permit. The transferee must be an eligible person and must meet legislative obligations.

You can transfer this licence by completing relevant forms which can be accessed via the Departmental website.

You must obtain Ministerial consent.


See Exploration permit for greenhouse gas in other resources below.

Other resources


You can apply through a call for tenders. Further information is available on the Business Queensland website.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Mining and Petroleum Operations

Act(s) name

Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2009 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Greenhouse Gas Storage Regulation 2010 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Mining and Petroleum Operations

Operating address:
Level 16, QMEC Building
61 Mary Street
QLD 4000


07 3247 4540


07 3238 3188

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