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State and Commonwealth Waters

On 1 January 2012, two Commonwealth Government agencies assumed responsibility for all petroleum activities located more than three nautical miles offshore of Victoria. These agencies are the:

The Victorian Government retains responsibility for onshore areas and offshore coastal waters to the three nautical mile boundary.

Legislation covering State and Commonwealth petroleum exploration and production can be found in Licencing and Approvals.


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Petroleum Three Mile Limit