There are 10 areas available for offshore oil and gas exploration.

They are offshore of:

  • Northern Territory
  • Western Australia
  • Territory of the Ashmore and Cartier Islands
  • Victoria.

Bidding will close at 4.00 pm on Thursday 2 March 2023.

Explore acreage release areas

See regional geology, high resolution maps, block diagrams and block listings for areas.

Bonaparte Basin

There are 3 release areas in the Bonaparte Basin, offshore northern Australia.

Browse Basin

There are 3 release areas in the Browse Basin, offshore north-western Australia.

Northern Carnarvon Basin

There are 3 release areas in the Northern Carnarvon Basin, offshore north-western Australia.

Gippsland Basin

There is one release area in the Gippsland Basin, offshore south-eastern Australia.

Data access for all basins

See maps and geological information for all release areas.

Take part in the acreage release

You must read the Australian Government gazette notice before submitting your work-bid application.

Important information for applicants

Important matters to consider before submitting your work-bid.

How to bid on acreage release areas

You can submit your work-bid applications to NOPTA until 4:00 pm on Thursday 2 March 2023.

Banner image: North Rankin Complex, North West Shelf Project, Western Australia. Courtesy of Woodside Energy Ltd.