Offshore Exploration Permit - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this permit if you intend to explore for petroleum in an offshore area. Exploring for petroleum includes conducting a geophysical survey for use in the search of petroleum.

The Agency will periodically invite applications for petroleum exploration. 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 at any one time.

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:

  • satisfy the Agency that you possess adequate financial resources and technical expertise
  • satisfy the Agency that you will continue to have access to sufficient resources to meet the requirements of the proposed work program
  • satisfy the Agency that your consortium will continue to be viable into the future, if you are lodging an application on behalf of a consortium
  • submit the required forms
  • pay any required fees.

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


Initial term of 6 years. The permit can be renewed for 5 year periods.



Further fees apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Other resources



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 (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Regulations 1990 (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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