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NRC Inquiry Into Unconventional Gas (Fracking)

The South Australian State Government's submission to Parliament's Natural Resources Committee (NRC) Inquiry into Unconventional Gas (Fracking) can be downloaded here.

Additionally, the associated Media Release from the Hon Tom Koutsantonis, MP can be downloaded here.

Details of the NRC's Inquiry can be accessed via clicking here.

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Roundtable Events 2015

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Gas and Oil in Unconventional Reservoirs in the South East of South Australia

 Key Points and Frequently Asked Questions

 These documents are a work in progress and will be updated as required

Natural Gas from Unconventional Reservoirs in SA

Roundtable for Unconventional Gas in SA

Download Roadmap for Unconventional Gas in SA publication 


The facts about fracture stimulation in South Australia 

Download "The Facts" Brochure  



Cooper-Eromanga Water Balance Model Release

Completed in January 2015. This report was commissioned under Working Group 3 of the Roundtable for Oil and Gas Projects in SA to provide information as to current and future predicted water supply, demand, type and quality, by collating water balance information from all operators.

Mining and Petroleum Services Centre of Excellence

 A pathway for mining and energy companies, research institutions and South Australian businesses to work together to find solutions that will make our state's resources globally competitive.


Downloadable data

Well completion reports now available online

Introducing new FREE downloadable petroleum and geothermal well completion reports

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Introducing a new FREE downloadable version of PEPS-SA

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South Australia has considerable potential for petroleum and geothermal energy. The Energy Resources Division provides geoscientific and engineering information and data to support industry exploration and development.

Minerals and Energy Resources Customer Charter

The Division also has a responsibility to ensure compliance with the provisions of relevant legislation.


This section includes information about basin and province geology, coal seam gas, shale gas, as well as acreage releases for each basin, including the productive Cooper, Eromanga and Otway Basins.

The history of petroleum and geothermal exploration and development in South Australia is documented, including historical tenement maps and licence information, and previous acreage releases.

The PACE initiative gives industry the opportunity to apply for funding available for proposals to undertake cooperative petroleum or geothermal exploration drilling projects.

Investing in South Australia

Information about living and working in Australia, investment opportunities, access to infrastructure and markets, royalties payable and foreign investment rules.

Legislation and Compliance

Licences for petroleum and geothermal activity are administered under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Regulations 2000. Here you will find a summary of the Act and information about 2009 amendments to the Act.

Information about the activity approval process, regulatory advice and guidelines (including for onshore exploration and production, pipeline licensing and approval, activity approval, collection and submission of data and reports), policies and templates to assist with compliance are included in this section.

For a Guide to the licensing and approvals process for exploration, retention, production and associated activities, an overview is provided in the form of a flow-chart which details the steps involved in the three stages of Licensing; Environmental Assessment and Approval of Environmental Objectives; and Activity Notification and Approval.

A tool for the self-assessment of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) management systems is also available on this site.

The Energy Resources Division prepares an annual report on compliance with the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act.

Licensing and Applications

Information about the types of licences required before undertaking exploration, preliminary surveys or production of petroleum or geothermal energy, how to apply for a licence and tenement requirements (application and annual fees, maximum areas, terms and renewals) are included here.

The Licence Register provides public access to licence documents including the terms and conditions of each licence issued, the name of the licensee, description of the licence area or route of a pipeline and notes about any registrable dealing affecting the licence (eg extensions of time limits).

New acreage releases and tenement information, including tenement maps, are available.

Environment and Land Access

Petroleum and geothermal explorers have obligations with respect to landholders, protected areasnative title and aboriginal heritage.

An important part of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 is environmental regulation which sets requirements to protect the environment from potential impacts related to petroleum exploration and production. These include requirements for exploration and production companies to provide environmental impact reports, statements of environmental objectives and Annual Reports.

The Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) tool provides a means for measuring and reporting on environmental objectives.

The Environmental Register provides public access to company environmental data, including reports on environmental objectives and impact assessments and company annual reports.

Products and Data

The Department of State Development, Energy Resources Division has a wide range of readily available data. This includes databases such as PEPS-SA and online datasets.

The Petroleum Geology of South Australia series consists of five volumes, providing comprehensive information on key prospective sedimentary basins.

The online application, SARIG (South Australian Resource Information Geoserver) , enables users to search, view and download information relating to resource.

Geothermal Energy

South Australia has significant potential for geothermal energy and the State government is leading Australia with an effective regulatory and approvals framework. Here you can find information about legislation, compliance, licensing and applications.

The Department of State Development acts as the Secretariat for the Australian Geothermal Energy Group (AGEG), providing financial and intellectual support for Australia's membership in the International Energy Agency's Geothermal Implementing Agreement (IEA-GIA).