Petroleum titles fees and rents

Find out about application fees for petroleum titles, permits and licences, annual rent and administration fees, miscellaneous fees and advertising costs.

You can also find out about application fees related to land access agreements.

These are approved forms under the Petroleum Regulations 2020.

The fees and rents listed below apply from 1 July 2021.

All fees and rents have been converted from revenue units. A revenue unit is worth $1.24 as at 1 July 2021, and may change on that date each year.

Monetary value is subject to indexation under the Revenue Units Act 2009.

For more information, read about revenue units.

You must pay a fee when you apply or renew a petroleum title. Application fees are not refunded if the application is withdrawn or refused. Applications will not be accepted without correct payment.

Title type

Petroleum Act 1984

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1981

Geothermal Energy Act 2009

Energy Pipelines Act 1981

Exploration permit/pipeline permit

$5,694

$5,313

$5,123

$4,960

Retention licence/lease

$12,003

$1,770

$10,247

Production licence/lease

$12,003

$1,770

$51,239

Pipeline licence

$5,313

$4,960

Access authority

$943

Special prospecting authority

$1,062

Renewal - exploration permit

$2,243

$1,770

$5,123

Renewal - retention licence/lease

$2,243

$1,770

$10,247

Renewal - production licence/lease

$2,833

$1,770

Renewal - pipeline licence

$1,770

Variation, suspension, extension - exploration permit

$943

$204

Variation, suspension, extension - retention licence/lease

$943

$204

Variation, suspension, extension - production licence/lease

$943

$204

Variation - pipeline licence

$1,062

$1,737

Surrender - exploration permit/licence

$943

You must pay the annual rent on a title, each year that a petroleum title remains valid. Payment is due before the anniversary of the grant date. These fees are GST exempt.

The title will be cancelled if you don't pay the annual rent.

Title type

Petroleum Act 1984

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1981

Geothermal Energy Act 2009

Energy Pipelines 
Act 1981

Exploration permit - per block

$539

$84 / $1,500 minimum fee

$21 - year 1,2,3,4 and 5
$40 - year 6,7,8,9 and 10
$81 - each remaining year

Retention licence/lease - per block

$11,674

$12,075

$204

Production licence/lease - per block

$14,260

$18,000

$2,049

Pipeline licence

$120 per kilometre

$579 minimum fee/refer to formula below

Formula is A = B x C x D.  
A is the fee payable, B is the prescribed unit amount (currently 90 cents), C is the average internal pipeline diameter expressed in metres, D is the pipeline length expressed in metres.

You must pay registration fees for the following transactions.

Transaction type

Petroleum Act 1984

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1981

Geothermal Energy Act 2009

Energy Pipelines Act 1981

Transfer of title

$1,416

1.5% or $1,062 minimum fee

$768

$212

Transfer of title – related corporations

$5,313

$768

$212

Approval of dealing - that creates or assigns an interest in a title

$825

1.5% or $1,062 minimum fee

Caveat $102

$212

Devolution of title [devolved by operation of law]

$70

$105

$256

$43

Transaction  type

Petroleum Act 1984

Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1981

Geothermal Energy Act 2009

Energy Pipelines Act 1981

An inspection of register and other instruments

$23

$23

$14

$7

A copy/extract of register or other instrument (per page)

$7

$5.75

$4

$19

A certificate issued by the Registrar

$40

$34

$104

Information in or accompanying an application (S 61(2))

$68

Change of name

$105

You must pay the cost of advertising your petroleum title application in the newspaper. The department advertises all applications in the NT News. Some applications may also be advertised in the Koori Mail, depending on the tenure of the land and where it is.

The department arranges the advertising. You will be invoiced for the cost once the application has been published in the newspaper.

You must pay a fee when you make certain applications related to land access agreements.

Application fees are not refunded if the application is withdrawn or refused.

Applications will not be accepted without correct payment.

Transaction typePetroleum Regulations 2020
Application for approval of access agreement$1,416
Application to register access agreement$825
Application to inspect access agreement register$23
Application for certified copy or certificate from register$40
Application for approval or registration of variation$1,416
Application for registration of agreement under transitional provisions$1,416

Last updated: 12 July 2021

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