Onshore Exploration Permit (Petroleum and Geothermal) - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to explore for petroleum or geothermal energy resources in Western Australia.

Petroleum is any naturally occurring hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbons, including oil and gas. Geothermal energy resources are any subsurface rock or other substance that contains geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is thermal energy that results from natural geological processes and is contained in geothermal energy resources.

Exploring means conducting any geophysical survey, the data from which is intended to be used in the search for petroleum or geothermal energy resources.

This permit gives you exclusive rights to the exploration and recovery of petroleum or geothermal energy resources from the area covered in the permit.

The Agency will periodically invite applications for permits. Blocks of territory (acreage) are generally released for competitive bids twice a year. You may make a bid for up to 400 blocks of territory for Petroleum and up to 160 blocks of territory for geothermal energy resources. If more than one people apply for the same area, an assessment process will be undertaken to determine which proposal will result in the fullest assessment of the available resources.

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 permit you must:

  • provide details of your proposed exploration work (including a minimum work program proposed for each of the six years)
  • specify the blocks to which your application relates
  • detail your technical expertise and financial resources
  • pay the required fee.

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


The initial term of the permit is 6 years. Permits can be renewed (with a 50 percent reduction in area) for two consecutive 5 year periods.



Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.



Forms can be downloaded and submitted online through the Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR).

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Act(s) name

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 (Western Australia)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Mailing address:
Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth,Western Australia,6004


08 9222 3333


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