Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: We are currently updating information following recent Queensland and Australian Government announcements. Find assistance and support for coronavirus affected businesses and industries.

Authority to prospect

To explore for petroleum, oil, coal seam gas and natural gas in Queensland, you must hold a current authority to prospect (ATP).

Permitted activities

An ATP allows you to:

  • explore for petroleum
  • test for petroleum production
  • evaluate the feasibility of petroleum production
  • evaluate or test natural underground reservoirs for the storage of petroleum or a prescribed storage gas.

Environmental authorities

Before we grant a resource authority you will require the appropriate environmental authority.

Native title

Any native title requirements will need to be addressed before we grant an authority.

Main features of an ATP

Prerequisite authorityNA
DurationMaximum of 12 years
SizeMaximum area of 100 blocks
Rent{{ pass_35449 }} per sub-block
Application fee{{ pass_35455 }}

How to apply

You can apply through a call for tenders.

Also consider...


Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support: 1300 654 687

General enquiries: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)