Environmental notifications and reports for petroleum and gas activities

Amendments to the petroleum and gas reporting guideline were released on 31 October 2018. Find out more about the new reporting requirements.

Use the menu below to find out about your environmental reporting and notification requirements for non-mining resource activities, including petroleum and gas, greenhouse gas storage and geothermal activities. Click on a heading to either expand or collapse the heading content. You should also read about environmental licences and permits.

Note: Holders of environmental authorities (EAs) that are not related to resource tenures should read about complying with an environmental authority.

Environmental harm and incident reporting

Environmental harm and incident reporting

You have a duty to notify of environmental harm and to report certain events (including an emergency or incident) according to the specific conditions of your EA.

Note: You have additional obligations to notify of environmental harm if you are an owner or occupier of contaminated land. Your employees and auditors also have obligations to notify of environmental harm.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of all EAs for resource activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge

Duty to notify of environmental harm (ESR/2015/2230) (DOCX, 137KB)
or
written notification with details of the event
(EP Act1 s. 320-320G)

Within 24 hours if:

  • an event occurs that causes or threatens environmental harm
    or
  • an activity has negatively affected, or is reasonably likely to negatively affect, water quality of an aquifer
    or
  • the activity has caused the connection of 2 or more aquifers

Phone 1300 130 372 and select option 2 'pollution'. Also provide written notification to Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science by either:

Fax
(07) 3330 5875
Include 'Duty to notify of environmental harm' in the subject line

Registered post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

Incident notification (resource activities other than mining) (ESR/2015/1753) (DOCX, 135KB)

(condition of EAs)

When an incident occurs which causes or threatens environmental harm

Check your EA for timing

Phone 1300 130 372 and select option 2 'pollution'. Also provide written notification to Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science by either:

Email
pollutionhotline@des.qld.gov.au
Include 'Incident notification' in the subject line

Fax
(07) 3330 5875
Include 'Incident notification' in the subject line

Registered post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994

Annual return and fee

Annual return and fee

As the holder of an EA, you are required to pay an annual fee in advance each year and submit a completed annual return for the past year. The annual fee is payable on or before the anniversary of the day the EA took effect. If you have registered with Connect:

  • the annual fee can be paid online using credit card
  • and
  • the annual return can be completed online.

You can register online through Connect at environment.des.qld.gov.au/connect.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of all EAs for resource activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge

Annual fee and return
(EP Act1 s. 308-309)

You will be sent an annual notice containing lodgement information at least 20 business days before the anniversary day for the EA

Follow the lodgement details on the notice

Notify change of eligibility for reduced annual fee
(EP Reg2 s. 126, 132)

Within 10 business days of becoming aware of a change in eligibility for a reduced annual fee

Email, post or deliver written notice to Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science:

Email
palm@des.qld.gov.au

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994
2EP Reg: Environmental Protection Regulation 2008

Plan of operations

Plan of operations

Holders of a petroleum lease with a site-specific EA must lodge a plan of operations before starting activities. This plan must be kept current throughout the plan period.

You may be required to amend or replace your plan when you:

  • change your development plan
  • amend your EA
  • become aware of an inconsistency with your EA
    or
  • partially relinquish your resource authority and partially surrender your EA.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of a petroleum lease with a site-specific EA

Before starting activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge

Plan of operations
(EP Act1 s. 291)

At least 20 business days before starting a new project unless a shorter period is agreed in writing by the Department of Environment and Science

Email, post or deliver to Energy and Extractive Resources Business Centre, Department of Environment and Science:

Email
energyandextraction@des.qld.gov.au

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

Amending or replacing a plan of operations
(EP Act s. 293, 295)

You may amend or replace the current plan of operations:

  • any time before the current plan period ends
    or
  • within 15 business days of becoming aware of an inconsistency between the plan and the EA

Email, post or deliver to Energy and Extractive Resources Business Centre, Department of Environment and Science:

Email
energyandextraction@des.qld.gov.au

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994

Relinquishment and surrender

Relinquishment and surrender

When you intend to relinquish a resource authority, you should first surrender the relevant EA and submit a final rehabilitation report. After the surrender of your EA has been approved, you can apply to discharge your financial assurance.

If you intend to relinquish only part of your resource authority, you should first apply for a partial surrender of your EA and complete a final rehabilitation report for the area to be relinquished. You may also choose to amend your financial assurance. If you were required to have a plan of operations, you must amend or replace your plan.

Note: If you are conditionally surrendering a resource authority in favour of a new resource authority you cannot surrender the relevant EA.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of all EAs for resource activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge

Application for surrender or partial surrender of an environmental authority for a resource activity (ESR/2015/1751) (DOCX, 171KB)
EP Act1 s. 262)

When you surrender or partially surrender your EA

If prior to the cancellation or expiry of the resource authority, post or email to the relevant assessment hub

Otherwise, email, post or deliver to Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science:

Email
palm@des.qld.gov.au

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

Amending surrender application
(EP Act s. 263)

Any time before the application is decided

Email, post or deliver written notification to Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science:

Email
palm@des.qld.gov.au

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

Final rehabilitation report with landowner statement (ESR/2015/1616) (DOCX, 168KB)
EP Act s. 264)

With a surrender or partial surrender, if the EA contains conditions about rehabilitation, at least 20 business days prior to the relinquishment notice being lodged with the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Submit with an application to surrender an EA

Application to amend or discharge financial assurance held for an environmental authority (ESR/2015/1752) (DOCX, 135KB)
(EP Act s. 302-303)

  • After you receive approval to surrender your EA
    or
  • If you are not required to have a plan of operations after you receive approval to partially surrender your EA

Email, post or deliver to Energy and Extractive Resources Business Centre, Department of Environment and Science:

Email
energyandextraction@des.qld.gov.au

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994

Progressive rehabilitation and certification

Progressive rehabilitation and certification

You can apply for rehabilitated areas of your tenure to be certified as having met the rehabilitation conditions of your EA. As part of an application for certification of progressive rehabilitation you must submit a progressive rehabilitation report.

When progressive rehabilitation areas are certified, you can reduce the financial assurance held for the EA.

This page explains how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland environmental legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Holders of all EA for resource activities

How to lodge your notices and reports

The table below shows what you need to submit and how to do it. If you need more help:

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge

Application for the certification of progressive rehabilitation – ESR/2015/1563 (DOCX, 96KB)
EP Act1 s. 318ZD)

When you wish to apply for progressive rehabilitation certification

Post, deliver or email to Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science:

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

Email
palm@des.qld.gov.au

Amending progressive certification application
(EP Act s. 318ZE)

Any time before the application is decided

Post, deliver or email written notification to Permit and Licence Management, Department of Environment and Science:

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

Email
palm@des.qld.gov.au

Progressive rehabilitation report with landholder statement (ESR/2015/1616) (DOCX, 168KB)
(EP Act s. 318ZF)

With a progressive certification application

Submit with an application for the certification of progressive rehabilitation

Application to amend or discharge financial assurance held for an environmental authority (ESR/2015/1752) (DOCX, 135KB)
EP Act s. 302-303)

When you apply for progressive certification

Post, deliver or email to Energy and Extractive Resources Business Centre, Department of Environment and Science:

Regular post
GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

Registered post, courier or hand delivery
Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000

Email
energyandextraction@des.qld.gov.au

1EP Act: Environmental Protection Act 1994

Further information

For help or enquiries contact the Department of Environment and Science.

Contact

General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)