Offshore Petroleum Retention Lease - Western Australia


You may need this lease if you intend to produce petroleum from an offshore area in the future that is not presently commercially viable.

If you hold an exploration permit in respect of a particular block of offshore area, you may apply for the grant of a retention lease in respect of that block.

Retention leases are awarded for non-commercial petroleum discoveries. You must demonstrate that the resource is not currently commercially viable, but is likely to become viable within the next 15 years. When the discovery is deemed to be commercial, the retention lease must be converted to a production licence. At any time during the five-year term the government can request a review of the commercial viability of the field in the lease area.

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 lease you must:

  • hold either an offshore petroleum exploration permit or an offshore petroleum production licence
  • provide proposals for work and expenditure in the area which you intend to lease
  • provide evidence of the commercial viability of the recovery of petroleum from the area within the next 15 years
  • provide all other required information and documentation to the Agency.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


5 years with a renewal up to a term of 15 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $7190.00

Fees for 2021-22

Apply Application All -

Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Petroleum and Geothermal Register (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Regulations 1990 Western Australia

Application process


Forms can be downloaded and submitted online through the Petroleum and Geothermal Register (PGR).

Administering agency

Department of 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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries


Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Western Australia
Operating address: Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
Phone: 08 9222 3333
Website: Petroleum (Opens in new window)