Petroleum Production Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to produce and explore for petroleum from a licensed area. The holder of an exploration permit or a retention lease can apply for a production licence within the permit or lease area.

The Minister can also invite tender applications for a production licence over an area, which is not part of any exploration permit or retention lease, when a reservoir is already known to exist.

An environmental plan must be in force before any activity can be carried out. Furthermore, operations must stop immediately if a new or increased environmental risk is identified.

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 licence, you must:

  • show, with adequate support, that the site is commercial
  • tender for an advertised known resources
  • provide details of relevant technical qualifications, technical advice and financial resources available
  • provide all required information and documentation, including operation plans, environmental management plans and production development plans, to the relevant authority
  • pay the prescribed fees.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this licence that you submit the required regular reports to the administering agency, comply with all directives regarding requirements prior to testing and operation of sites, and submit ongoing operational plans as required.


Licence remains in force for life of the field or until surrendered or cancelled.


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Fees may vary. Please contact the responsible agency for more information.


Act(s) name

Petroleum Act 1998 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum Regulations 2011 Victoria

Application process


Make an application to the Minister when tender advertised or when petroleum is found. Once successful, complete further approvals and applications.

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

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Contact details

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