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Access to Data

This page contains details of data services available to assist explorers in evaluating release areas.

National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System (NOPIMS)

Geoscience Australia has developed the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System (NOPIMS) as an on-line data discovery and delivery system for all Australian offshore petroleum wells and seismic surveys.

The initial release of the NOPIMS in May 2015 is limited to reports and data for open-file wells and surveys after 1 January 2012 and selected data relevant to the 2015 Offshore Petroleum Acreage Release. The NOPIMS does not contain all versions of reprocessed seismic survey datasets. However, over time, the NOPIMS will be progressively populated with reports and data for all offshore petroleum wells and seismic surveys.

Please note that data for both wells and surveys in the NOPIMS are a subset of the submitted data to the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA). Geoscience Australia has renamed some datasets for improved search functionality and ease of use. The NOPIMS does not store the field data for seismic surveys. For seismic field data please contact

Access to the full functionality of the NOPIMS requires registration and use of a password controlled log in which can be obtained from this web link:

Reports and data for wells and surveys not contained within the NOPIMS can be requested directly from Geoscience Australia by contacting

Future releases of the NOPIMS will allow clients to search for information on cores, cuttings, gases, fluids, and slides held in the National Offshore Petroleum Data and Core Repository – a collaboration between Geoscience Australia, NOPTA, and the Geological Survey of Western Australia. Presently, clients can search for this information using Petroleum Information Management System (PIMS) online and Western Australian Petroleum and Geothermal Information Management System (WAPIMS)

Because work is underway to rapidly expand NOPIMS’ data holdings, the annual dedicated Acreage Release data package will not be provided this year. Instead, requests for pre-2012 open file data, including previous data packages, can be directed to GA’s client services team, by emailing Data is provided at the cost of transfer.

Geoscience Australia Data

Geoscience Australia is a prescribed agency within the Industry portfolio. The agency undertakes geological studies to reduce exploration uncertainties and promotes the petroleum prospectivity of Australia's sedimentary basins through the provision of pre-competitive geoscientific information.

Geoscience Australia maintains Australia’s national geological and geotechnical data repository. It continually adds to this physical and digital data collection by undertaking regional basin studies, acquiring regional seismic and marine reconnaissance surveys, undertaking hydrocarbon resource assessments and providing geoscientific data and reports in support of annual Acreage Release rounds.

National Petroleum Wells Database

Geoscience Australia's geological databases provide detailed publically available "open file" header data, biostratigraphic data, organic geochemical data, reservoir and facies data, interpreted depositional environment information, directional survey and checkshot data. These data have been extracted from open file Well Completion Reports or are the results from other studies.

These data can be accessed via the following paths:

The GA Repository page provides a search and ordering tool for Geoscience Australia’s Repository.  Holdings include well logs and reports, cores and cuttings, destructive analyses reports and seismic data and associated reports.

Well data listings supporting the 2015 Acreage Release, including details of cores and cuttings, destructive analyses reports and well completion reports, are available for the following areas:

Petrel Sub-basin, Bonaparte Basin Data Listing 2015 Petrel (XLSX 64Kb)
Sahul Syncline, Bonaparte Basin Data Listing 2015 Sahul Syncline (XLSX 51Kb)
Vulcan Sub-basin, Bonaparte Basin Data Listing 2015 Vulcan (XLSX 52Kb)
Yampi Shelf, Browse Basin Data Listing 2015 Yampi Shelf (XLSX 56Kb)
Northern Caswell Sub-basin, Browse Basin Data Listing 2015 Northern Caswell (XLSX 52Kb)
Central Caswell Sub-basin, Browse Basin Data Listing 2015 Central Caswell (XLSX 55Kb)
Rowley Sub-basin, Roebuck Basin Data Listing 2015 Roebuck (XLSX 46Kb)
Dampier Sub-basin, Northern Carnarvon Basin Data Listing 2015 Dampier (XLSX 66Kb)
Exmouth Plateau, Northern Carnarvon Basin Data Listing 2015 Exmouth Plateau (XLSX 46Kb)
Ceduna Sub-basin, Bight Basin Data Listing 2015 Ceduna (XLSX 33Kb)
Nelson Sub-basin, Otway Basin Data Listing 2015 Otway (XLSX 38Kb)
Northern Sorell basin Data Listing 2015 Sorell (XLSX 41Kb)
Southeastern Gippsland Basin Data Listing 2015 Gippsland (XLSX 41Kb)

Please e-mail: for further technical information on available datasets or any difficulties using the petroleum web pages.


The Australian Marine Spatial Information System (AMSIS) is an online mapping and decision support tool that presents a vast array of Commonwealth interests in Australia's marine jurisdiction. AMSIS is easy to use and provides access to data via a web browser for those interested in the marine environment without the need for specialised software or mapping skills. AMSIS not only displays 'what's out there', but also allows users to query the information, view metadata, and conduct more advanced functions such as return the nearest distance from a point to a nominated boundary.

A prototype of the next generation of AMSIS is online, showcasing major improvements to usability, direct access to supporting data and a closer link to relevant Commonwealth legislation. New information is available, including the 2014 epoch of the petroleum graticular block framework under the OPGGS Act and the changes to the maritime zones north west of Western Australia. More themes from a greater range of agencies will be added as the application develops.

Australian Geological Provinces Database

The Australian Geological Provinces Database provides interpretive data on Australia's sedimentary, tectonic, igneous, metallogenic, and metamorphic provinces.

The database provides the mapped extent of Australia's geological provinces, and includes attributes such as size, water depth, tectonic setting, age, sediment thickness, main rock types, depositional environments, main resources, key references, and relationships to other geological provinces. It also includes a short overview of the geology of each province.

The Australian Geological Provinces Database is available online. Access to the database is provided through the Geoscience Australia website using an interactive mapping system and as a GIS dataset for download.

The interface allows users to view and select provinces of interest based on their key attributes.  Database extracts are provided as an HTML report, and include links to key images (structural element maps, regional cross-sections, stratigraphic and petroleum system charts).

This database interface provides explorers with basic geological information on all offshore sedimentary basins, and many of their component sub-basins, along Australia's continental margin.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Shape files

Shape files for the 2015 Acreage Release areas are available for download GIS users.

GIS Shape Files

Should you have difficulty accessing the shape files, please contact the Department of Industry and Science at