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; or
  • A greenhouse gas injection licence.

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

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.


Up to 6 months.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

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

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

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
Email: titles@nopta.gov.au