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2012 Petroleum Offshore Exploration Acreage Release

Fact Sheets and Checklists

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 check list 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: www.ret.gov.au/offshoreresourceslegislation and should not be relied solely upon when making decisions.

Document Name Description File Type
Acreage Release This document describes the annual offshore petroleum exploration acreage release process. [PDF 58KB] [DOC 1.2MB]
Offshore Petroleum Regulation and Legislation Provides an overview of the Australian Government legislation and associated regulatory framework for petroleum related activities in Australian waters. [PDF 61KB] [DOC 1.2MB]
New Regulatory Arrangements Highlights the changes to the regulatory framework in 2012 associated with the creation of the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator and the expansion of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority. [PDF 62KB] [DOC 1.3MB]
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 60KB] [DOC 1.3MB]
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 Australian Government when assessing nominations. [PDF 61KB] [DOC 1.1MB]
Area Nomination Form Template that is to be used to nominate potential acreage release areas. [PDF 61KB] [DOC 1.1MB]
Bid Assessment Criteria Explains the criteria taken into account by the Joint Authority when assessing an applicant's bid for offshore petroleum exploration acreage. [PDF 62KB] [DOC 1.1MB]
Work Program Commitments Highlights the Joint Authority's expectations in relation to the titleholder's agreed Work Program commitments. [PDF 62KB] [DOC 1.1MB]
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. [PDF 61KB] [DOC 1.2MB]
Petroleum Discovery Explains the steps that must be taken by a title holder following a petroleum discovery in a permit area. [PDF 57KB] [DOC 1.1MB]
Exploration Permit Renewal and Relinquishment Sets out the expectations and process (including relinquishment) for renewing an exploration permit. [PDF 77KB] [DOC 1.3MB]
Petroleum Fees Provides an overview of fees levied under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006. [PDF 58KB] [DOC 1.2MB]

Check list

Submitting an Exploration Permit Application This check list 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 120KB] [DOC 1.15MB]