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. To obtain an environmental authority, contact the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
A security may be required, along with the first year's rent for the authority to prospect, by the Minister administering the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and Petroleum Act 1923.