Welcome to the 2008 Offshore Acreage Release

The regular release of offshore acreage is a key part of the Australian Government's strategy to encourage investment in petroleum exploration. The 2008 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage release comprises 35 Release areas, located across five basins. The Release areas range from frontier to mature status and offer opportunities for exploration companies of all sizes.

To assist prospective applicants this website contains the following information:

Overview for Applicants
An overview of the Australian petroleum sector for intending explorers and other interested parties.

Guidance Notes for Applicants
Notes for preparing an exploration area application, including special notices of titleholder obligations and the rights and interests of others in these areas such as environment, fisheries, maritime safety and defence.

A summary of petroleum prospectivity and geological settings to assist explorers in evaluating the 2008 Offshore Acreage Release areas.

A summary of available data to assist explorers in evaluating the 2008 Offshore Petroleum Acreage Release areas, including seismic, well and sample data.


This website and the information contained therein is provided under licence by the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (RET) and Geoscience Australia (GA) on behalf of the Commonwealth and remains the property of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth believes that all the information contained therein is accurate and reliable as at the date of publication (7 April 2008). However, no representation or warranty of accuracy or reliability as to such information is given. The Commonwealth disclaims to the extent permitted by law, all liability (including negligence) for claims of losses, expenses, damages and costs which may be incurred as a result of information in this publication. Reference to the Commonwealth includes reference to any contractor, agent or employee of the Commonwealth. The information contained therein should in no way be construed to constitute a recommendation by the Commonwealth with respect to the commercial viability of release areas. Information should be independently verified as to the accuracy, currency, completeness and relevance. In particular, independent professional advice should be sought before making any investment or business decisions on whether to bid for acreage, or relying on this information in any way. This material is copyright of the Commonwealth. Information in this website may only be reproduced with attribution and with the inclusion of this disclaimer in the exact form as it appears with this website.