Petroleum titles compliance and penalties

The holder of a petroleum title must meet all conditions and obligations related to a title.

You may be prosecuted, or your titles may cancelled, if you do not comply with the conditions of your title, or the provisions of the Petroleum Act 1984 or Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1981.


You can be prosecuted if you do any of the following:

  • breach title conditions
  • contravene or fail to comply with the law or a direction or notice under the law
  • interfere with authorised activities or rights
  • obstruct an official doing their job.

For more detailed information about offences and penalties refer to the Petroleum Act 1984 or the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1981.

Licence cancellation

As an alternative to prosecution, you may have all or any of the blocks of a permit or licence cancelled if you have:

  • not complied with a condition of a title
  • not complied with a provision of the Act
  • not paid the annual fees within three months after the due date
  • been found guilty of an offence against the Act.

Read more about the laws and regulations.

Last updated: 04 March 2020

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