Approval to Survey Submerged Lands for Petroleum - Western Australia


You will need this approval if you intend to survey submerged lands for petroleum. An underwater 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. Petroleum is any naturally occurring hydrocarbon or mixture of hydrocarbons, including oil and gas.

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 include:

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


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Other resources

Act(s) name

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Resource Management and Administration) Regulations 2015 Western Australia

Application process


In your written application, you will need to include the following information:

  • the instrument number (if available)
  • the type of survey
  • the purpose of the survey
  • the proposed name of the survey
  • the proposed distance or area to be covered by the survey
  • the proposed start date for the survey
  • the estimated duration of the survey
  • details of the energy source to be used for the survey
  • the name and address of the person conducting the survey if that person is not the instrument holder
  • the name and contact details of the person who is responsible for communication with the agency regarding the survey
  • details of anything the instrument holder is aware of that is likely to prevent the instrument holder from completing a survey acquisition report within 18 months.
You will also need to submit a cadastral map showing the boundaries of any marine reserve in the area where the survey is to be undertaken.

Lodgement process


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

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety


Contact details

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General Enquiries


Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Western Australia
Phone: 08 9222 3759
Website: Petroleum (Opens in new window)