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


You will require this authority if you intend to carry out works on, or to remove samples from, land for the purpose of testing the quality and quantity of petroleum and the potential to recover petroleum from 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.

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.

Please be aware that you may be granted a low-impact prospecting title if the Agency determines that your activities are unlikely to impact upon the land.

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 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.

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


A term not exceeding 12 months, as decided by the Agency.


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 (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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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)