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 2020.

All fees and rents have been converted from revenue units. A revenue unit is worth $1.21 as at 1 July 2020, 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.

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 Application fees are not refunded if the application is withdrawn or refused.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

$5,556

$5,184

$4,999

$4,840

Retention licence/lease

$11,712

$1,727

$9,999

Production licence/lease

$11,712

$1,727

$49,999

Pipeline licence

$5,184

$4,840

Access authority

$920

Special prospecting authority

$1,036

Renewal - exploration permit

$2,188

$1,727

$4,999

Renewal - retention licence/lease

$2,188

$1,727

$9,999

Renewal - production licence/lease

$2,764

$1,727

Renewal - pipeline licence

$1,727

Variation, suspension, extension - exploration permit

$920

$199

Variation, suspension, extension - retention licence/lease

$920

$199

Variation, suspension, extension - production licence/lease

$920

$199

Variation - pipeline licence

$1,036

$1,695

Surrender - exploration permit/licence

$920

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

$526

$84 / $1,500 minimum fee

$20 - year 1,2,3,4 and 5
$39 - year 6,7,8,9 and 10
$79 - each remaining year

Retention licence/lease - per block

$11,392

$12,075

$199

Production licence/lease - per block

$13,915

$18,000

$2,000

Pipeline licence

$120 per kilometre

$565 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

$1,381

1.5% or $1011 minimum fee

$750

$206

Transfer of title – related corporations

$5,184

$750

$206

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

$805

1.5% or $1011 minimum fee

Caveat $100

$206

Devolution of title [devolved by operation of law]

$68

$102

$250

$42

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

$22

$22

$14

$7

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

$7

$5.75

$4

$19

A certificate issued by the Registrar

$39

$33

$101

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

$68

Change of name

$102

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$1,381
Application to register access agreement$805
Application to inspect access agreement register$22
Application for certified copy or certificate from register$39
Application for approval or registration of variation$1,381
Application for registration of agreement under transitional provisions$1,381

Last updated: 13 April 2021

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