Queensland exploration program

The Queensland Exploration Program (QEP) provides a schedule for exploration opportunities for resource commodities and greenhouse gas storage areas.

The QEP outlines the tender processes and provides details on the location of each exploration tender area and the timing of the competitive tender process.

2021 Queensland Exploration Program

All industry expressions of interest (EOIs) received through the EOI processes undertaken earlier in 2021 were considered for inclusion in the 2021 QEP.

The table below outlines the competitive tendering exploration releases in the 2021 QEP.

For more information, download the 2021 Queensland Exploration Program (PDF, 1.6MB).

Table 1: 2021 QEP proposed release schedule for greenhouse gas storage areas and petroleum and gas

Tender releaseCommodity/area Call for tender Tender close Tender outcome
QLR2021-1 Greenhouse gas storage (4 areas) December 2021 March 2022 Awarded July 2022
PLR2021-1 Petroleum and gas (8 areas) December 2021 March 2022 Awarded June 2022

Stakeholder engagement

Prior to the release of the exploration program, directly affected stakeholders (including landholders, traditional owners and local governments), as well as community groups and peak representative groups, are 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 considered for the grant of an exploration authority. When an exploration authority has been granted, generally the preferred tenderer must complete land access arrangements and any other approval requirements prior to commencing on-ground exploration activities.

Previous exploration programs

The Queensland Exploration Program continues to build on the exploration opportunities that have been released in Queensland since 2016 through previous exploration programs.

Details on the previous exploration programs are provided in:

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