Competitive tendering for exploration

Queensland’s mineral and energy resources are managed by the Queensland Government on behalf of all Queenslanders.

Before you can explore for or produce resources in Queensland you must obtain the appropriate resource authority.

You can do this by applying through the competitive tendering process or in some cases by making a direct application.

For details of how to apply and terms and conditions, read our guides on:

Competitive tendering process

Competitive tendering applies to petroleum and gas, coal and, where appropriate, mineral exploration. (Note: Most applications for mineral authorities are direct applications.)

Competitive tendering ensures Queensland’s resources are responsibly managed by allocating exploration rights to companies that have the greatest exploration and development capacity for these resources. It also provides a fair and transparent process for awarding a preferred tenderer.

A rigorous process is in place to assess tender applications and select a preferred tenderer. The process and criteria are outlined in each call for tender document and typically include consideration of the applicants’ financial and technical capabilities and their strategy for engaging with the community.

Note: Preferred tenderers will need to meet environmental and other approval requirements (e.g. land access and compensation) before the resource authority is granted.

Exploration opportunities

View our current tenders for details of current exploration opportunities and the annual exploration program for details of proposed releases for the next financial year.

Expressions of interest for exploration

You can request that an area be considered for release by a competitive tender process.

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