Offshore Petroleum Exploration Permit - New South Wales


You will require a permit if you intend to explore a specified area for petroleum within three nautical miles off the shore of New South Wales. Please be aware that anything introductory to, or knowingly connected with exploration for petroleum will require a permit. Petroleum means any naturally occurring hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbon, whether in a gaseous, liquor or solid state. Petroleum is used to produce fuels including petrol, paraffin and diesel oil.

This permit will allow you to:

  • explore for petroleum
  • carry on such operations and execute such works as are necessary for that purpose, in the specified area.

The Agency may invite applications for the grant of a permit in respect of a block or blocks. Please be aware that if petroleum is discovered you will need to apply for a production licence to produce petroleum and a pipeline licence to convey petroleum.

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, you must provide:

  • evidence that the exploration does not cover more than 400 blocks
  • proposals for work and expenditure in respect of the blocks specified in the application
  • evidence of technical qualifications and technical advice
  • evidence of financial resources available.

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


Permit is valid for six years after initial application and on instigation of renewal, for five years periods thereafter.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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


Act(s) name

Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Offshore) Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

Division of Resources and Geoscience

Contact details

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General Enquiries

Division of Resources and Geoscience

Department of Regional NSW

New South Wales
Operating address: 516 High Street
Maitland, New South Wales 2320
Mailing address: PO BOX K348
Haymarket, New South Wales 1240
Phone: 02 4063 6500
Phone: 1300 736 122
Website: Division of Resources and Geoscience (Opens in new window)