Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release 2013

Fact sheets and checklist

The information included in this section is based on frequently asked questions received by the Australian Government in relation to the Acreage Release process. The fact sheets and checklist have been designed to provide a quick overview of key aspects of the Acreage Release process and to assist industry in preparing competitive bids for acreage and managing permits if awarded.

Please note: these documents have been developed as a guide only. They do not replace or amend information provided in the Offshore Petroleum Legislation, Regulations and Guidelines available at: and should not be relied solely upon when making decisions.

Fact sheets
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Acreage Release

Describes the annual offshore petroleum exploration acreage release process.

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DOC 166 kB

Offshore Petroleum Legislation and Regulation

Provides an overview of the Australian Government legislation and associated regulatory framework for petroleum related activities in Australian waters.

PDF 174 kB
DOC 134 kB

Offshore Greenhouse Gas Storage

Outlines the legislative framework for greenhouse gas injection and storage operations in Commonwealth offshore waters under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006.

PDF 199 kB
DOC 135 kB

Area Nomination

Explains the process for nominating areas for possible inclusion in the annual Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. It includes information on factors considered by the Joint Authority when assessing nominations.

PDF 202 kB
DOC 137 kB

Area Nomination Form

Template that is to be used to nominate potential acreage release areas.

PDF 41 kB
DOC 35 kB

Bid Assessment Criteria

Explains the criteria taken into account by the Joint Authority when assessing an applicant's bid for offshore petroleum exploration acreage.

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DOC 136 kB

Work Program Commitments

Highlights the Joint Authority's expectations in relation to the titleholder's agreed Work Program commitments.

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DOC 135 kB

Titleholder Obligations

Discusses the obligations of offshore petroleum explorers and the rights and interests of others that may apply to areas released for offshore petroleum exploration.

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Petroleum Discovery

Explains the steps that must be taken by a titleholder following a petroleum discovery in a permit area.

PDF 165 kB
DOC 134 kB

Exploration Permit Renewal and Relinquishment

Sets out the expectations and process (including relinquishment) for renewing an exploration permit.

PDF 246 kB
DOC 152 kB

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Submitting an Exploration Permit Application

This checklist aims to assist industry in developing and submitting a bid for an exploration permit. It is intended as a guide only and applicants should be familiar with all general information related to all areas and special notices that are specific to the area of release.

PDF 239 kB
DOC 136 kB