Authority to Prospect - Queensland

Service summary

An authority to prospect is required to explore a specified available area of Queensland for the discovery of petroleum, including coal seam gas.

Service type

Licence

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

Definition of terms

Authority to prospect

Under the Petroleum Act 1923 and the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 authority to prospect is a granted exploration permit entitling its holder to conduct authorised activities, within the area of the authority to prospect, to explore for petroleum; test for petroleum production; evaluate the feasibility of petroleum production; and evaluate or test natural underground reservoirs for the storage of petroleum or a prescribed storage gas.

Petroleum

means, under the Petroleum Act 1923, any:

  1. naturally occurring hydrocarbon, whether in a gaseous, liquid or solid state; or
  2. naturally occurring mixture of hydrocarbons, whether in a gaseous, liquid or solid state; or
  3. naturally occurring mixture of 1 or more hydrocarbons, whether in a gaseous, liquid, or solid state, and 1 or more of the following
    1. hydrogen sulphide;
    2. nitrogen;
    3. helium;
    4. carbon dioxide; and includes any petroleum defined by paragraphs (a) to (c) that has been returned to a natural reservoir, but does not include, and is hereby declared never did include,
  4. shale from which mineral oil may be extracted or produced;
  5. mineral oil extracted or produced from shale or coal or other rock by some chemical or thermal process;
  6. hydrocarbons and other substances or matter occurring in association with shale or coal and necessarily mined, extracted, produced or released by or in connection with mining for shale or coal or the extraction or production of mineral oil therefrom;
  7. alginite;
  8. coal;
  9. lignite;
  10. peat;
  11. shale or other rock from which a gasification or retorting product as defined in the 2004 Act may be extracted or produced;
  12. torbanite.
Petroleum

means, under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004,

  1. Petroleum is:
    1. a substance consisting of hydrocarbons that occur naturally in the earths crust; or
    2. a substance necessarily extracted or produced as a by product of extracting or producing a hydrocarbon mentioned in paragraph (a); or
    3. a fluid that
    1. is extracted or produced from coal or oil shale by a chemical or thermal process or that is a by product of that process; and
    2. consists of, or includes, hydrocarbons; or Example of a fluid that is petroleum under paragraph (c)-mineral (f);
    3. another substance prescribed under a regulation, consisting of, or including, hydrocarbons; or
    4. a gas, that occurs naturally in the earth''s crust, as prescribed under a regulation.
  2. A substance mentioned in subsection (1)(c) is a gasification or retorting product.
  3. To remove any doubt, it is declared that petroleum does not include any of the following:
    1. alginite;
    2. coal;
    3. lignite;
    4. peat;
    5. oil shale;
    6. torbanite;
    7. water.
  4. A substance does not cease to be petroleum merely because it is injected or reinjected into a natural underground reservoir.
  5. To remove any doubt, it is declared that, for this Act and petroleum authorities under it, this section preserves, for this Act, the effect of section 150(2) and (3) of the 1923 Act.
  6. In this section hydrocarbon means a hydrocarbon in a gaseous, liquid, or solid state.

Transferability

An authority to prospect may be transferred, see part 6N of the Petroleum Act 1923 or Chapter 5, Part 10 of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004.

That you are a holder of the authority to prospect and you are a party to the transfer.

Duration

Generally, an authority to prospect may be granted by the Minister administering the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and Petroleum Act 1923 for a period to a maximum of 12 years. If an authority to prospect is granted for a period of less than 12 years, the Minister, at the Ministers discretion, may renew the authority up to the maximum period of 12 years..

Fees

See Authority to prospect in other resources below.

Other resources

Application

Generally, an authority to prospect may only be applied for in response to a "call for tenders" published by the Minister in the Government Gazette. You may be notified of impending land release areas, as part of the call for tenders, or request that the Minister release available land as part of a call for tenders.

You can obtain this permit by submitting a completed tender application through the Queensland Government QTenders website.

An authority to prospect cannot be granted until an environmental authority is issued. To obtain an environmental authority, contact the department.

A security may be required, along with the first year's rent for the authority to prospect, by the Minister administering the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and Petroleum Act 1923.


Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 (Queensland)

Petroleum Act 1923 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum Regulation 2004 (Queensland)

Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Regulation 2004 (Queensland)

Contact details

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

Phone:

13 QGOV (13 74 68)

Supporting information

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