Special Prospecting Authority (Onshore Petroleum and Geothermal) - Western Australia


You will require this authority if you intend to conduct initial exploration activities for petroleum or geothermal resources:

  • In an area that is not currently under a mining title;
  • The subject of competing applications; or
  • Identified by the Agency for a future acreage release.

This authority allows you to conduct exploration activities including geophysical and geochemical surveys (or other operational activities) in the area to which it applies. Please note that it does not allow you to create any wells.

This authority is intended as a means of preliminary assessment of the prospectivity of areas where little or no exploration has been undertaken prior to a more permanent exploration licence being applied for.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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 authority you must:

  • specify exactly which areas it relates to
  • specify the operations that you propose to carry on and the block or blocks in respect of which you propose to carry on those operations to the level of detail required by the Agency
  • pay the prescribed fee.

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


Authorities are restricted in time to a maximum six months for the field work and generally a further six months to enable the option to be exercised.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount
Apply Application All $6209.00

Act(s) name

Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967 WA

Lodgement process


You must lodge your application at least three months before you intend to begin fieldwork.

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.

General Enquiries


Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Mailing address: 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)