Approval to Conduct a Survey - Western Australia


You will need this approval if you intend to survey land for petroleum or geothermal energy resources. A survey is a geochemical, geological or geophysical survey of submerged land, the data from which is intended for use in the exploration, discovery or recovery of petroleum or geothermal energy.

Petroleum is any naturally occurring hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbons, including oil and gas. Geothermal energy resources are any subsurface rock or other substance that contains geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is thermal energy that results from natural geological processes and is contained in geothermal energy resources.

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 approval you will need to be an instrument holder, which includes:

  • title holders
  • registered holders of special prospecting authorities
  • registered holders of access authorities
  • persons specified in instrument of consents.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All Please contact the agency for more information.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply Company, Co-operative, Other, Partnership, Sole Trader Petroleum and Geothermal Explorer's Guide - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2015 Western Australia

Approval time

You will need to lodge your application at least 30 days before you intend to begin your survey.

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety


Contact details

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