Authority to prospect - Queensland


You need this authority to prospect (ATP) if you intend to explore for petroleum, oil, coal seam gas and natural gas.

An ATP allows you to:

  • explore for petroleum
  • test for petroleum production
  • evaluate the feasibility of petroleum production
  • evaluate or test natural underground reservoirs for the storage of petroleum or a prescribed storage gas.

You can apply for this authority through a call for tenders.

Service type


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


Up to 12 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2724.00

Fees for 2021-22

Apply Miscellaneous All $3.00

Rent per sub-block. Fees for 2021-22

Cancel Cancellation All $1017.00

Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All $2724.00

Fees for 2021-22

Vary Variation All $1360.00

Fees for 2021-22

Application process


Generally, an authority to prospect may only be applied for in response to a call for tenders published by the Minister in the Government Gazette. You may be notified of impending land release areas, as part of the call for tenders, or request that the Minister release available land as part of a call for tenders.

You can obtain this permit by submitting a completed tender application through the Queensland Government QTenders website.

An authority to prospect cannot be granted until an environmental authority is issued.

Additional information

An Australian market supply condition may be attached to an authority to prospect.

The condition means that the authority holder must only sell gas produced from the tenure (or a subsequent lease) to customers within Australia. The objective is to increase gas supplies and lower prices for domestic users.

Administering agency

Resources Safety and Health Queensland

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:

Licensing and Authorisation Unit

Resources Safety and Health Queensland

Mailing address: GPO BOX 1321
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Phone: 07 3330 4249
Website: Resources Safety and Health Queensland (Opens in new window)