Speculative Survey Licence - South Australia


You will need this licence If you intend to undertake exploratory operations in relation to petroleum and certain other natural resources in South Australia. A speculative survey licence enables the licensee to undertake specific exploratory operations of the kind specified in the licence in the licence area. The total area of the speculative survey licence cannot exceed 10 000 km2 and a speculative survey licence cannot authorise drilling beyond a depth of 300 meters.

It should be noted, that where a speculative survey licence is granted or renewed over the area, or part of the area, of an existing licence, the applicant for the licence 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 that is to be subject to both licences; and, 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.


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


Common Fees details for this service in table format.

Type Amount Description
Application $4937.00 Fees for 2022-23

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Licence All $4176.00

Annual fee for 2022-23 (unless $1.65 per square kilometre of the total licence is greater).

Apply Renewal All $2469.00 Fees for 2022-23


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
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Additional information

An application for, or renewal of, a speculative survey licence, must also include, or be accompanied by, the following information or material:

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

Administering agency

Department for Energy and Mining

Energy Resources Division

Contact details

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