Offshore Petroleum Special Prospecting Authority (PSPA) - New South Wales


This authority will allow you to carry on petroleum exploration operations in an area that is not covered by any other petroleum permit, lease or licence. The authority applies to activities within three nautical miles from the NSW coast.

This authority may be granted over a block, as long as none of the following are in force over the block:

  • Exploration Permit
  • Retention Lease
  • Production Licence
  • Pipeline Licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this authority, you must:

  • submit any information required by the agency and in an approved manner
  • specify the operations that you propose to carry on, and the block or blocks in respect of which you propose to carry on those operations.


Up to 6 months


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $600.00

Special Prospecting Authority. Fees for 2023-24


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

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