Special Prospecting Authority for Exploration - Australian Government


You will require this authority if you intend to explore an area not covered by any other petroleum or greenhouse gas title. This authority gives you non-exclusive rights and does not allow the drilling of wells.

It may be granted over a block so long as none of the following is in force over the block:

  • an exploration permit
  • a retention lease
  • a production licence
  • a greenhouse gas assessment permit
  • a greenhouse gas holding lease
  • a greenhouse gas injection licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Your application must specify:

  • the petroleum exploration operations that are proposed to be carried on
  • the block or blocks within which the proposed operations are to be carried on.



Up to 6 months


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $8250.00

Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2011 Australian Government

Administering agency

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.