Special Petroleum Prospecting Authority - Tasmania


You may need this authority if you intend to explore for petroleum in Tasmanian coastal waters. Tasmanian coastal waters extend for three nautical miles from the coastline of Tasmania. If you intend to undertake exploration activities outside this area, you will need to apply for a licence under the appropriate Act.

A special prospecting authority is used to authorise the holder to undertake specified petroleum exploration operations in particular blocks. It may be granted over blocks which are not subject to a permit, lease or licence. It does not authorise the holder to make a well.

A special prospecting authority is not exclusive. Multiple special prospecting authorities may be granted over the same block.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this authority you must provide details of the operations you propose to carry out.


Up to six months


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Fees will change depending on your circumstances. Please contact the agency for more information.


Act(s) name

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 Tasmania


This authority is not transferable.

Administering agency

Department of State Growth

Mineral Resources Tasmania

Contact details

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