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, Mines and Energy 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.

You can also click here to request detailed information and maps about all resource authority applications or grants in your area.