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Onshore and Coastal Waters

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. You can read more about coal seam gas on the Minerals page and Onshore Gas Community Information site.