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Petroleum

Applying for a licence online

If you have never held a licence to a tenement and wish to apply online, please register by clicking on the RRAM Business Portal image.Link to RRAM Business Portal

Current and past tenement holders have been pre-registered.

If you have not yet received your user name and log in details please email: RRAM.Support@ecodev.vic.gov.au with the subject: "Please send my RRAM Business Portal log-in details". Please include the following information in your email:

  • your full name
  • your contact address
  • your contact phone number
  • your contact email address
  • if you're a company employee, the name of the company
  • if you're an individual, your full name as it would appear on a tenement
  • if you are an agent, the name of your company
  • all companies must also provide a valid ACN

Offshore

The Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2010 provides a framework for the regulation of petroleum operations within three nautical miles of the coast. It addresses all licensing, health, safety, environmental and royalty issues for offshore petroleum exploration and development operations.

Legislation

Waters greater than 3 nautical miles offshore from the coast are considered to be Commonwealth waters and are covered by Commonwealth legislation, in particular the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006. The Commonwealth and Victorian legislation are, by agreement, very similar with regard to petroleum.

Further information about the operation of the legislation can be found on the Offshore Oil and Gas Requirements page.

The Regulations require that titleholders provide a summary of an environment plan within 10 days of notification that the plan has been accepted.

These environmental plan summaries are then published on the Environment Plan Summary page.

Onshore

The Petroleum Act 1998 provides a framework for the regulation of onshore petroleum exploration and development activities (excluding transmission pipelines). The Act addresses licensing, approvals and other issues including compensation, rehabilitation and royalties. The Act seeks to ensure that petroleum exploration and development have regard for economic, social and environmental interests.

Note that coal seam gas is regulated under the Minerals Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.

A summary description of the operation of the legislation is described on the Onshore Oil and Gas Requirements page

Legislation