Queensland exploration program

The Queensland exploration program (QEP) provides a release schedule for exploration opportunities for petroleum and gas and coal to the end of 2019. The program outlines the tender process and provides details on the location of each exploration tender area and the timing of each competitive tender process.

The table below outlines the planned competitive tendering exploration releases.

For more details download the Queensland exploration program 2018 (PDF, 1.2MB).

You can also view maps of the releases in MinesOnlineMaps.

Please note:

  • Once connected, select 'I want to...Turn map data on/off'
  • Then, follow the file path Operational Layer > Permit Administration Areas > Advertised Areas.

You can also download the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data files for areas identified in the QEP (before they are released as tenders) for petroleum and gas, and coal via the Queensland Spatial website.

Table 1: Release schedule for petroleum and gas and coal areas in the QEP 2018

Tender releaseCommodity Call for tender Tender close Tender outcome
PLR2018-1 Petroleum and gas (11 areas) Jul–Sep 2018 Oct–Dec 2018 Jan–Mar 2019
CLR2018-1 Coal (5 areas) Oct–Dec 2018 Jan–Mar 2019 Apr–Jun 2019
PLR2019-1 Petroleum and gas (11 areas) Jan–Mar 2019 Apr–Jun 2019 Jul–Sep 2019
CLR2019-1 Coal (5 areas) Apr–Jun 2019 Jul–Sep 2019 Oct–Dec 2019
PLR2019-2 Petroleum and gas (7 areas) Jul–Sep 2019 Oct–Dec 2019 Jan–Mar 2020

Stakeholder engagement

Prior to the release of the QEP, directly affected stakeholders (including landholders, traditional owners and local governments), as well as community groups and peak representative groups were engaged regarding the potential exploration areas. The information provided enables stakeholders to be better prepared for, participation in future exploration approval processes and negotiations.

We will continue to engage with stakeholders throughout the competitive tendering process.

At the conclusion of the competitive tendering process, a preferred tenderer must meet environmental, native title and any other approval requirements before they can be granted an exploration authority. When an exploration authority has been granted, the preferred tenderer must complete land access arrangements and any other approval requirements prior to commencing on-ground exploration activities.

Exploration programs

The QEP continues to build upon the exploration opportunities that have been released in Queensland over the past two years through the Annual exploration program.

For more details on the previous exploration programs download the Annual exploration program 2017-18 (PDF, 1.2MB) and Annual exploration program 2016-2017 (PDF, 1MB).

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