Existing Areas

About Queensland’s onshore sedimentary basins

The following series maps of some of Queensland’s onshore sedimentary basins provide a guide to the existing gas fields in Queensland.

These maps show the areas over which large and medium sized energy companies currently hold a resource authority to conduct an exploration (authority to prospect – ATP) or production activity (petroleum lease – PL) for petroleum and gas in Queensland.

An authority to prospect (ATP) entitles a holder to:

  • explore for petroleum and gas
  • test for petroleum and gas production
  • evaluate the feasibility of petroleum and gas production
  • evaluate or test natural underground reservoirs for the storage of petroleum or a prescribed storage gas.

A petroleum lease (PL) gives the holder the right to:

  • explore for petroleum and gas
  • test for petroleum and gas production
  • produce petroleum and gas

The petroleum lease application process supports, authorises and regulates responsible petroleum activities to ensure the development of a safe, efficient and viable Queensland petroleum industry. The Department of Natural Resources and Mines has produced a Petroleum Lease Guideline to provide more information on how to apply for a petroleum lease in Queensland.

The Queensland Government recently released the Annual Exploration Program (AEP) which provides a release schedule for exploration opportunities in the 2017–18 financial year.