Greenhouse gas exploration permit - Queensland


You will need a greenhouse gas (GHG) exploration permit before exploration can take place for underground GHG storage reservoirs. This permit is only available through a tender process. A GHG permit allows you to explore for greenhouse gas storage reservoirs within the permit area. It also allows you to carry out injection testing with ministerial approval. Activities carried out by the permit holder must follow their approved work program.

Environmental approval for the site must be obtained before the tender process can begin. Native title considerations also need to be made before the permit can be granted.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You need Ministerial approval and a Development Plan with an overview of proposed activities, including storage capacity and composition of GHG stream to be injected.

Applicants for a GHG permit or a GHG lease must take groundwater issues into account. Applicants must include a plan for the treatment and disposal of water used while carrying out authorised activities. For a GHG permit or a GHG lease, an environmental authority must be issued from the Department of Environment and Science before the permit or lease is granted.


Up to 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1543.36

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $3.13

Exploration permit rent per sub-block. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $769.56

Fees for 2023-24

Application process


You can apply through a call for tenders.

Transfer process


You can transfer this permit if you obtain Ministerial consent. The transferee must be an eligible person and must meet legislative obligations.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.