Water reporting 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.

Water reporting requirements depend on whether the water is 'associated' or 'non-associated'.

  • Associated underground water is any underground water that you take or interfere with while (or as a result of) carrying out an authorised activity on your resource authority (e.g. water taken during petroleum production testing or production).
  • Non-associated water is any other water (e.g. water taken from a water bore).

Select a heading below to find out about your water reporting and notification requirements for petroleum and gas resource activities.

Associated underground water

Associated water take and use is authorised under the Petroleum & Gas (Production & Safety) Act 2004 or the Petroleum Act 1923. The take of associated water for either production testing or production triggers additional reporting requirements under Chapter 3 of the Water Act 2000.

You must notify and report to us when you produce associated water from wells on your authority. You must also notify us and provide a report before the tenure ends and the production activities end.

Read the following information about how to meet your notification and reporting obligations under Queensland water legislation.

Surat Cumulative Management Area (CMA)

If your petroleum resource authority is located inside of the declared Surat CMA (PDF, 608KB), you may have monitoring and other obligations under the Surat underground water impact report.

Resource authorities this applies to

  • Authority to prospect
  • Petroleum lease

Before starting activities

Check notification requirements for land access, road use and operating plant.

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:

Baseline assessments

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Baseline assessment plan
(WA1 s. 397, 398)
Before the day production testing or testing starts on the resource tenure Email, post or deliver to Resource Sector Regulation & Support, Department of Environment and Science
  • Email: resourcesector@des.qld.gov.au
  • Registered post, courier or hand delivery: Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000
  • Regular post: GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001
Notice of intention to undertake baseline assessment
(WA s. 403)
At least 10 business days before undertaking a baseline assessment Give to bore owner
ESR/2016/1918 - Outcome of baseline assessment (DOCX, 152KB)
(WA s. 405)
30 business days after undertaking the baseline assessment Email or post to Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment Give copy to bore owner

1WA: Water Act 2000

Underground water impact reports (outside CMA)

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Underground water impact report
(WA1 s. 370)
Initial report: 14 months after production testing or production commenced on the resource tenure
Subsequent reports: within 10 business days after the 3rd anniversary of the day the first underground water impact report took effect
Email, post or deliver to Resource Sector Regulation & Support, Department of Environment and Science
  • Email: resourcesector@des.qld.gov.au
  • Registered post, courier or hand delivery: Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000
  • Regular post: GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001
Public notice
(WA s. 382)
At least 2 months before an underground impact report is submitted Publish notice as required by Chief Executive of the Water Act
Provide a copy to each water bore owner in the area of the report
Submissions summary
(WA s. 383)
Must accompany an underground water impact report Email, post or deliver to Resource Sector Regulation & Support, Department of Environment and Science:
  • Email: resourcesector@des.qld.gov.au
  • Registered post, courier or hand delivery: Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000
  • Regular post: GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

1WA: Water Act 2000

Notice of closure and final reports (outside CMA)

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Notice of closure
(WA1 s. 372)
1 year before the resource tenure ends
or
when the tenure is surrendered
Email, post or deliver to Resource Sector Regulation & Support, Department of Environment and Science
  • Email: resourcesector@des.qld.gov.au
  • Registered post, courier or hand delivery: Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000
  • Regular post: GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001
Final report
(WA s. 374)
Within the period stated in the notice received from the Chief Executive Email, post or deliver to Resource Sector Regulation & Support, Department of Environment and Science
  • Email: resourcesector@des.qld.gov.au
  • Registered post, courier or hand delivery: Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000
  • Regular post: GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001
Public notice
(WA s. 382)
At least 2 months before a final report is submitted Publish notice as required by Chief Executive of the Water Act
Provide a copy to each water bore owner in the area of the report
Submissions summary
(WA s. 383)
Must accompany final report Email, post or deliver to Resource Sector Regulation & Support,  Department of Environment and Science
  • Email: resourcesector@des.qld.gov.au
  • Registered post, courier or hand delivery: Level 3, 400 George Street, BRISBANE  QLD  4000
  • Regular post: GPO Box 2454, BRISBANE  QLD  4001

1WA: Water Act 2000

Make good agreements and bore assessments

Report/notice and legislation When to lodge How to lodge
Negotiate general agreement (WA1 s. 406) From when production testing or production commences, and until there is a underground water impact report for the tenure Give to bore owner
Notice of intention to undertake bore assessment (WA s. 415) At least 10 business days before undertaking a bore assessment Give to bore owner
ESR/2016/2392 - Outcome of bore assessment (DOCX, 205KB) (WA s. 419) Within 30 business days after undertaking a bore assessment Email or post to Office of Groundwater Impact Assessment Give copy to bore owner
Make good agreement
(WA s. 423)
Within 40 business days after the bore assessment is undertaken Give to bore owner

1WA: Water Act 2000

Non-associated water

Changes to the Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004 mean that you will now need authorisation under Chapter 2 of the Water Act 2000 to take non-associated underground water.

These changes do not apply to resource authorities administered under the Petroleum Act 1923. Instead the water licences issued under that Act will include a condition regarding your reporting obligations. These reports will be lodged in the same way.

You can continue to take non-associated underground water during a 2-year transitional period or for 5 years if the resource authority is within the Surat Cumulative Management Area. During the transitional period, you must report the volume of non-associated underground water you take.

This page explains how to meet your reporting obligations under Queensland water legislation.

Who this applies to

  • Authority to prospect
  • Petroleum lease

Before starting activities

For resource authorities issued since 6 December 2016, make sure you have the required water licences and/or permits.

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
Six-monthly water volume report
(P&G Act1 s. 186(4))
(General Regs2 s. 54–57 )
Within 20 business days of the end of each 6-month data collection period (1 July to 31 December, 1 January to 30 June) Complete the water volume report template (XLS, 211KB)

Upload report template as a zipped Excel file to QDEX Reports selecting the Geoscience Data Component types

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

Further information

For help or enquiries, contact your local business centre.

Contact

General enquiries 13 QGOV (13 74 68)