New explanatory notes give greater clarity to petroleum explorers and titleholders

Outlines options to obtain and surrender exploration titles
Date: Thursday, 04 May 2017

The Department of Mines and Petroleum’s (DMP) Petroleum Division has prepared two explanatory notes for new and existing explorers and current petroleum titleholders and pipeline licensees.

The information documents clarify the legislative options available to petroleum explorers to obtain exploration titles in Western Australia, and the requirements to obtain the Minister’s consent to surrender a permit, lease or licence.

Denis Wills, Director Petroleum Operations said the department is committed to making resource sector information more accessible to industry and the community.

“This will ensure there is clarity around complex legislative processes and DMP is committed to continual improvement in this area,” Mr Wills said.

“The explanatory notes are not linked to any legislative amendments or a change in approach, and DMP is seeking to remove ambiguity and provide increased clarity around key policies.”

The explanatory notes ‘Obtaining petroleum exploration titles in Western Australia’ and ’Surrender of petroleum titles and pipeline licences in Western Australia’are available at