The Australian Government and state and territory governments own Australia’s mineral and petroleum resources on behalf of the community.
Taxes and royalties ensures the community receives an adequate return on the use of Australia’s non-renewable resources.
Taxing resources projects
The Australian Government and state and territory governments share responsibility for taxing resources projects.
The Australian Government:
- administers the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax (PRRT), a profits-based tax levied on all petroleum, oil and gas projects in Australian Commonwealth waters
- collects taxes and charges on the recovery of oil, gas and condensate from projects in Australian Commonwealth waters.
The Minister for Resources is responsible for issuing combination certificates for petroleum projects under the Petroleum Resource Rent Tax Assessment Act 1987.