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To report a serious incident to DSD, as required by Section 85(2) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, licensees should phone the serious incident report no: (08) 8463 6666.

The regulatory framework for all petroleum and geothermal industry activities in South Australia, and key policies, guidelines and reports relating to administration of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, and industry compliance.

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Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and Regulations

Onshore petroleum, geothermal and gas storage exploration and development in South Australia is administered by the Department of State Development Energy Resources Division under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and associated Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2013.

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Activity Approvals Process


The Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 licensing and approvals process consists of three stages; licensing, environmental assessment and approval of environmental objectives; and activity notification and approval.

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Environmental Register

Section 106 and Section 107 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 require that an Environmental Register be established for public inspection. This register contains information on the four areas of petroleum industry activity, which includes seismic surveying, drilling, pipelines and facilities, as administered by the Energy Resources Division. 

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Annual Reports

Under Section 33 of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, Licensees are required to submit Annual Reports detailing activities undertaken within each licence area during the respective licence year, as well as the activities proposed for the ensuing licence year.

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Guidelines and Policy

The Department of State Developmentā€™s Energy Resources Division provides policy documents and guidelines to assist companies in understanding processes and requirements to ensure compliance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000.

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Compliance and Monitoring

Compliance strategies and enforcement tool are available to the Energy Resources Division for various key requirements of the Act, Regulations, licence conditions and Statement of Environmental Objectives and are outlined in the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act Compliance Policy. 

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For more information, contact:

Energy and Resources Division

+ 61 8 8463 33204
dsd.petroleum@sa.gov.au