The Northern Territory Government’s Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) aims to enhance the wealth of the Northern Territory through responsible stewardship of its minerals and energy resources.
DPIR administers and regulates energy tenure and energy activities (which include petroleum and geothermal resource exploration and development and oil and gas transmission pipeline construction and operation) in the Northern Territory both onshore, and offshore within 3 nautical miles of the coast.
DPIR conducts assessments, inspections and audits to ensure compliance with Northern Territory legislation, and promotes the use of best practices in system integrity and environmental management in all phases of projects (design, construction, operation and decommissioning).
The documents below give a high level explanation of the regulations concerning petroleum tenure and exploration. For more detailed information, please visit DPIR’s website.
DPIR deals with the full range of mineral-related regulation in the Northern Territory, from the first grant of mineral tenure, to the approval of operations, and to closure and rehabilitation.
The document below give a high level explanation of the regulations concerning petroleum tenure and exploration. For more detailed information, please visit DPIR’s web pages on mineral titles and mining regulation.