Onshore Petroleum Exploration Licence - New South Wales


You will require this licence if you intend to explore for petroleum (including conventional and coal seam gas) over a specific area of land within New South Wales.

Exploration licences for petroleum will be granted in the form of graticular blocks (minimum 1 block, maximum 140 blocks) over areas considered available and appropriate by the Agency.

Holders of this licence have the exclusive right, in accordance with the conditions of the licence, to prospect for petroleum on the land specified in the licence. The purpose of exploration is to locate areas where resources may be present and establish the quality and quantity of those resources.

Please be aware that there is currently a freeze on assessing new applications for this licence. No new applications will be considered until the Strategic Release Framework is in place.It is recommended you consult with the Agency's petroleum geologists prior to applying for this 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 licence you must provide:

  • a map or plan of the intended area of land
  • a proposed work program that indicates the nature and extent of operations
  • evidence of your financial standing
  • evidence of a work program that provides for the carrying out of the proposed activities, such as community consultation and environmental management
  • evidence of your technical qualifications and the technical qualifications of your advisers
  • evidence of your ability to comply with the legislation and regulations (for example, a statement of undertaking)
  • all the requested documentation set out in the application form.

Applications will be assessed primarily on the work program proposed for the area in question.


Up to six years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $10000.00 For less than 3 years
Apply Licence All $15000.00 For longer than 3 years
Renew Renewal All $10000.00 For less than 3 years
Renew Renewal All $15000.00 For longer than 3 years


Act(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Application process


Your application must be accompanied by details of finances, technical advisors and the project and work to be undertaken.

Approval time

Three months

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

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)