Authority to Prospect - Queensland


An authority to prospect is required to explore a specified available area of Queensland for the discovery of petroleum, including coal seam gas.

Service type


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


Generally, an authority to prospect may be granted by the Minister administering the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 and Petroleum Act 1923 for a period to a maximum of 12 years. If an authority to prospect is granted for a period of less than 12 years, the Minister, at the Ministers discretion, may renew the authority up to the maximum period of 12 years..


See Authority to prospect in other resources below.


An authority to prospect may be transferred, see part 6N of the Petroleum Act 1923 or Chapter 5, Part 10 of the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004.

That you are a holder of the authority to prospect and you are a party to the transfer.

Additional Information


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Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Service Delivery

Mining and Petroleum Operations

Contact details

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

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)