Scientific Investigation Approvals - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you intend to undertake non-commercial research and scientific investigations related to petroleum and greenhouse gas storage exploration, including areas covered under an existing offshore title.

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

Only bona-fide research organisations may apply for this approval. Approval may be given to organisations that are undertaking scientific research into the physical or biological characteristics of the continental shelf to undertake activities related to petroleum exploration or greenhouse gas storage (including drilling stratigraphic holes, but excluding drilling petroleum exploration wells as part of that research).

Organisations undertaking scientific investigations must openly publish a full report detailing data gathered and the activities that were carried out in the title area or accessed as part of the investigation.

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


As specified on the approval.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

No fees are required. However, levies may apply.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Scientific Investigation Consent - PDF

Act(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 AG

Administering agency

The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Titles, Perth Office

The National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator

Operating address: Level 8 Alluvion Building
58 Mounts Bay Road
Western Australia 6000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 7871
Cloisters Square PO, Western Australia 6850
Phone: 08 6424 5300
Fax: 08 6424 5397