The proposed areas for the 2018 acreage release will be made available through the December edition of the Australian Petroleum News and for public comment on the department’s consultation hub. The use of the department’s consultation website enables persons with a specific interest in an area to provide information that may be of use to potential explorers when applying for the release area or when undertaking exploration activities.
The proposed areas remain subject to change until officially announced by the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.
Should an area nominated by a stakeholder be included in the acreage release, there is no obligation on that stakeholder to place a bid on the area.
Final areas may be gazetted as work program or cash bidding areas. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.