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Petroleum well drilling, completion and abandonment

You must notify us before you start drilling a petroleum well and when you complete drilling. You must also notify us and provide a report if you decommission or abandon the well. Special notices are required if you intend to conduct production testing, storage testing or hydraulic fracturing (fraccing).

Download a flowchart of reporting requirements for petroleum wells (PDF, 136KB) or a flowchart of requirements for hydraulic fracturing (PDF, 122KB).

Note: The information below does not cover information required in relation to safety at operating plant. Check requirements for safety and health reports before starting any petroleum and gas activities.

Who this applies to

These requirements apply to holders of the following resource authorities and statutory positions:

  • Authority to prospect
  • Petroleum lease
  • Water monitoring authority

Before starting activities

Check requirements for land access and other notices before starting petroleum and gas activities.

How to lodge your notices and reports

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

Drilling

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
PGGD-01 - Notice of intention to drill a petroleum well or bore
(General Regs3 s. 29)
At least 10 business days before starting Submit online form in MyMinesOnline
Survey plan to be submitted to the chief executive
(P&G Regs2)
No later than 3 months after completing the survey

Post survey plan to:

Chief Surveyor
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST  QLD  4002

1P&G Act: Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) 2004
2P&G Regs: Petroleum and Gas (Safety) Regulation 2018
3General Regs: Petroleum and Gas (General Provisions) Regulation 2017

Sample submission

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Cutting samples
(P&G Act1 s. 548(1),)
(Pet Act2 s. 76B(1),) (General Regs3 s. 49)
CSG wells: You are only required to submit cuttings samples if we request them before the well is drilled.
All other petroleum wells: Supply cuttings samples within 6 months of the day the cuttings samples were acquired or the end of resource authority, whichever comes first.
Send pre-lodgement notification to Exploration Data Centre or John Campbell Miles Drill Core Facility
Cores
(P&G Act s. 548(1),)
(Pet Act s. 76B(1),) (General Regs s. 50)
CSG wells: You must notify us of available core within 5 months of recovering the core and we will tell you whether you need to submit.
All other petroleum wells: Supply core within 6 months of the day the core was acquired or the end of resource authority, whichever comes first.
Send pre-lodgement notification to Exploration Data Centre or John Campbell Miles Drill Core Facility
Fluid samples
(General Regs s. 51)
All petroleum wells: You are only required to submit fluid samples if we request them within 5 months of the day the fluid sample was recovered. Send pre-lodgement notification to Exploration Data Centre or John Campbell Miles Drill Core Facility

1P&G Act: Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004
2Pet Act: Petroleum Act 1923
3General Regs: Petroleum and Gas (General Provisions) Regulation 2017

Production and storage testing

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Notice about commencement of production/storage testing
(General Regs1 s. 14 and 15)
At least 20 business days before starting Submit online form in MyMinesOnline
Notice about stopping production/storage testing
(General Regs s. 16)
Within 20 business days after stopping Submit online form in MyMinesOnline
Production testing report
(General Regs s. 44)
No later than 40 days after finishing production testing Upload report to QDEX Reports. For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), post to:

QDEX Support
Georesources
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST  QLD  4002

1General Regs: Petroleum and Gas (General Provisions) Regulation 2017

Hydraulic fracturing

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
PGGD-03 - Notice of intention to carry out hydraulic fracturing activities
(General Regs1 s. 33)
At least 10 business days before starting Submit online form in MyMinesOnline
PGGD-04 - Notice of completion of hydraulic fracturing activities
(General Regs s. 34)
Within 10 business days after finishing Submit online form in MyMinesOnline
Hydraulic fracturing activities completion report
(General Regs s. 45)
No later than 2 months after finishing hydraulic fracturing activities

Upload report to QDEX Reports. For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), post to:

QDEX Support
Georesources
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST  QLD  4002

1General Regs: Petroleum and Gas (General Provisions) Regulation 2017

Well completion and abandonment

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
PGGD-02 - Notice of completion, alteration or abandonment of petroleum well or bore
(General Regs1 s. 30)
Within 10 business days after completion, alteration or abandonment Submit online form in MyMinesOnline
Well completion report
(General Regs s. 36)
No later than 6 months after rig release day

Upload report to QDEX Reports. For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), post to:

QDEX Support
Georesources
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST  QLD  4002

Daily drilling report
(General Regs s. 35)
With well completion report

Upload report to QDEX Reports. For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), post to:

QDEX Support
Georesources
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST  QLD  4002

Well abandonment report
(General Regs s. 37)
No later than 2 months after completion of plugging and abandonment of well

Upload report to QDEX Reports. For large digital data (excluding .txt and .csv files), post to:

QDEX Support
Georesources
Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
PO Box 15216
CITY EAST  QLD  4002

1General Regs: Petroleum and Gas (General Provisions) Regulation 2017

Contact

General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)