Petroleum lease - Queensland


You need a petroleum lease if you make a discovery that is commercially viable while under an authority to prospect (ATP). If the lease is granted, the area is removed from the ATP.

You can also apply for a petroleum lease in response to a call for tenders, in which case a pre-existing ATP is not required.

A petroleum lease gives you the right to:

  • explore for petroleum
  • test for petroleum production
  • produce petroleum.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

For a petroleum lease to be granted under the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004, you will need an authority to prospect administered under either the Petroleum Act 1923 or the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004.

An Australian market supply condition may be attached to a petroleum lease. The condition means that the authority holder must only sell gas produced from the lease to customers within Australia. The objective is to increase gas supplies and lower prices for domestic users.

You will also need the appropriate environmental authority and any native title requirements addressed before an authority can be granted.


Up to 30 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $5053.02

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $171.72

Per square kilometre. Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $5053.02

Fee for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $5053.02

Fees for 2023-24

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Application process


You can apply online through MyMinesOnline on the Business and Industry Portal or using a hard-copy form. You can also apply through a call for tenders.

Generally, a petroleum lease cannot be granted until an environmental authority is issued. To obtain an environmental authority, contact the Department of Environment and Science.

You also must address any native title requirements before an authority can be granted.

Transfer process


A petroleum lease may be transferred.

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Contact details

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