Offshore Project Proposal - Australian Government


You may require this approval if you intend to undertake any activity related to the exploration for, or the recovery or transport of greenhouse gasses or petroleum in Commonwealth waters (i.e. Australian waters outside the state and territory 3 mile boundary).

If your Offshore Project Proposal is approved, you will still need to have an Environmental Plan approved by the agency before you can undertake the related activity.

This approval is not required if the project has already been approved by the Environment Minister under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Your proposal must:

  • include a summary of the project
  • describe how the environment may be affected by the project, including environmental impacts and risks
  • set out the environmental performance outcomes for the project
  • describe any feasible alternative to the project, including a comparison of the environmental impacts and risks and reasons why the alternative was not preferred
  • describe how applicable legislative requirements will be met.





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Other resources

Act(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Environment) Regulations 2009 Australian Government

Approval time

30 days

Administering agency

National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority

Contact details

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