Retention Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to secure title over a currently non-commercial petroleum, geothermal or gas storage discovery in the area of your exploration licence for a reasonable period of time until it becomes commercial.

A retention licence will allow you to conduct operations to:

  • establish the nature and extent of a discovery of regulated resources
  • establish the commercial feasibility of production and appropriate production techniques.

There are three categories of licence:

  • petroleum retention licence
  • geothermal retention licence
  • gas storage retention licence.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you will need to:

  • have an exploration licence
  • have made a non-commercial resource discovery that may become commercial within a reasonable time.


5 to 15 years


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Lodgement process


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.

Administering agency

Department for Energy and Mining

Energy Resources Division

Contact details

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