Speculative Survey Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to undertake exploratory operations for petroleum and other natural resources.

The licence authorises you to undertake exploratory operations of a kind specified in the licence within a designated area. The total area of the speculative survey licence cannot exceed 10,000 square kilometres and a speculative survey licence cannot authorise drilling beyond a depth of 300 meters.

Where a speculative survey licence is granted or renewed over the area of an existing licence, the applicant must:

  • consult with the existing licensee and seek to reach agreement on the activities to be carried out under the speculative survey licence on the area subject to both licences
  • inform the Minister of the result of the consultation.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, applications must include:

  • a description of the regulated activities to be carried out under the licence
  • any material identifying existing licences that are wholly or partially contained within the proposed area of the licence.


1 year - the licence may be renewed for a further term.


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Administering agency

Department for Energy and Mining

Energy Resources Division

Contact details

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