Oil and gas 

We develop policy, regulations and interventions to support Australia’s oil and gas industry and supply.

Oil and gas are known as petroleum resources. Petroleum is a naturally occurring mixture of either liquid or gas hydrocarbons. 

Regulating oil and gas

Domestic gas supply

We ensure that Australian manufacturers, electricity generators, businesses and households have sufficient supplies of natural gas.

Offshore oil and gas

We regulate offshore oil and gas activities in Australian Commonwealth waters. 

Taxes, royalties and export controls on minerals and petroleum

Companies that extract mineral and petroleum resources must pay taxes and royalties. Companies who export minerals must meet requirements.

Oil and gas sector opportunities

Bidding closed

Offshore greenhouse gas storage acreage release 2023

There are 10 areas for offshore oil and gas exploration. Bidding for this release closed on 28 November 2023.

National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator

See NOPTA's interactive map presenting the geographical offshore locations of active titles that exist in Australian territorial waters.

Latest news

Gas storage facility

Gas supply and demand outlook for 2024 quarter 3

The Australian Government will not activate the Australian Domestic Gas Security Mechanism (ADGSM) for the July to September 2024 quarter.

Remade offshore petroleum and greenhouse gas storage regulations are in force

The Environment Regulations and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Injection and Storage Regulations are now easier to understand and use.
Photo of a platform on the Northern Endeavour with the logo and ocean in the background.

Northern Endeavour decommissioning recycling and disposal: request for information

We’ve released a request for information (RFI) to inform the recycling and disposal of the Northern Endeavour vessel. Submissions close 4 March.