Exploration Permit - Western Australia


You may need this permit if you intend to explore for petroleum or geothermal energy resources. Exploring means conducting any geophysical survey, the data from which is intended to be used in the search for petroleum or geothermal energy resources.

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.

You may make a bid for up to 400 blocks of territory for petroleum and up to 160 blocks of territory for 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 licence you must:

  • ensure you and your employees hold relevant technical qualifications
  • have sufficient technical advice and financial resources.


The initial term of the permit is six years. Permits can be renewed (with a 50 percent reduction in area) for two consecutive five year periods.


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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Act(s) name

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Regulations 1987 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

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