Onshore Petroleum or Geothermal Resource Retention Lease - Western Australia


You may need this lease if you have discovered a petroleum or geothermal energy resource that is not yet commercially viable, but you intend to retain the right to exploit it in the future.

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.

Retention Leases are awarded for non-commercial discoveries. You must demonstrate that the resource is not currently commercially viable, but is likely to become so within the next 15 years.

When the discovery is deemed to be commercially viable, you must convert the Retention Lease to a Production Licence. At any time during the five-year term of the lease, the Government can request a review of the commercial viability.

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 a current exploration permit or drilling reservation over the relevant area
  • provide particulars of the proposals of the applicant for work and expenditure in respect of the blocks (area) specified in the application
  • provide particulars of the commercial viability of the recovery of petroleum or geothermal energy at the time of the application, and particulars of the possible future commercial viability of the recovery of petroleum or geothermal energy from that area.


The initial term of a retention lease is five years, and it may be renewed provided it still meets the non-commercial criteria.


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 Application for Geothermal Retention Lease - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on the forms you will need to accompany your application.
Apply All Application for Petroleum Retention Lease - PDF (Opens in new window)
Comply All Administration of Petroleum Titles in Western Australia - 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 Regulations 1987 Western Australia

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
Email: petroleum.titles@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Website: Petroleum (Opens in new window)