Before you start
Your nomination should demonstrate a genuine intent to start activities in the immediate term. As a guide:
- If you represent an exploration and production company, your nomination would indicate a strong interest in exploring the area and potentially bidding in the next scheduled acreage release.
- If you represent a geophysical company, you are expected to have recent non-exclusive data products over the nominated area available during the next bidding period.
We do not place limits on the number of nominations you can put forward. However the government may change this if:
- areas are not routinely bid on
- nominations consistently lack a well-considered rationale.
The Joint Authorities must consider and endorse release areas before they can progress to the bidding rounds. The Joint Authority is generally made up of the responsible federal minister and the relevant state or Northern Territory minister.
Submitting your nomination
Complete the online nomination form on business.gov.au
Please nominate non-contiguous areas separately.
In some cases we don’t progress nominations. Nominated areas, or parts of areas, may be excluded for various reasons including:
- national security, for example if they impact international maritime boundaries
- legal, for example if a nominated area extends into a green or yellow Australian marine park zone
- where precompetitive open-file studies of the geology or other features of the area are being undertaken
- where exploration activities may impact other marine users or biologically important areas.
See the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) interactive map to determine if your nomination may be affected.
You must provide reasons for nominating an area. This is crucial in frontier areas with limited infrastructure or social licence to operate.
The government will consider their priorities when deciding to release acreage in an area.