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. This licence applies to activities within three nautical miles from the NSW coast. Please be aware that this authority does not allow the drilling of wells.

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.

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 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.

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


Period of up to 6 months, unless surrendered or cancelled.


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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)