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.

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.

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:

  • be an adult, a company or a registered body under the Corporations Act
  • have an approved work program
  • have the appropriate environmental authority
  • address any native title requirements.


Up to 12 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2887.44

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Miscellaneous All $3.18

Rent per sub-block. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $2887.44

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $1441.60

Fees for 2023-24

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, and any native title requirements have been addressed.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Contact details

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