Exploration Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to carry out exploration for petroleum, geothermal or gas storage resources, and operations to establish the nature and extent of a discovery and the feasibility of production.

There are three categories of exploration licence:

  • petroleum exploration licence (PEL)
  • geothermal exploration licence (GEL)
  • gas storage exploration licence (GSEL).

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.


5 years


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Lodgement process


Applications can be lodged at any time over any area of the state which is not in a Competitive Tender Region. Applications for areas falling within Competitive Tender Regions require a call for tenders specifying a specific closing date and time.

Please lodge your completed application with:

  • a description of the area or route to which the application relates
  • a map indicating the area or route to which the application relates and information on the size of the area
  • a financial statement
  • a statement of your technical qualifications and experience
  • if the application is being made by more than one person, information on the interest that each person will have in the licence
  • the proposed work program and information on the approximate annual cost of operations to be carried out under the program
  • a technical report that assesses the prospectivity of the area and how the proposed work program relates to this prospectivity
  • if applications have been invited by public advertisement, a statement that addresses the stated criteria.

Administering agency

Department for Energy and Mining

Energy Resources Division

Contact details

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