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


You will need this authority if you intend to interfere with land to test the:

  • quality of petroleum
  • quantity of petroleum
  • potential to recover petroleum from the land.

This approval gives you the exclusive right to conduct one of the following activities on specified NSW land:

  • speculative geological, geophysical or geochemical surveys
  • scientific investigations.

You may be granted a low-impact prospecting title if the agency determines that your activities are unlikely to impact upon the land.

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.

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 provide:

  • a map or plan, drawn in accordance with the regulations, on which there is explanation of the boundaries of the area to which the title is intended to apply
  • a proposed work program complying with the regulations and indicating the nature and extent of operations to be carried on under the authority of the title
  • evidence of your financial standing
  • evidence of your technical qualifications and technical advisers.


Up to 12 months


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Other resources

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Act(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

Division of Resources and Geoscience

Contact details

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