Petroleum Data Repository Project

Geoscience Australia houses one of the world's largest collections of petroleum data. Much of this data is non-confidential and available to the petroleum industry, research organisations and the public. The collection includes seismic survey data and well data submitted by industry under legislative requirements as well as data collected by research projects and marine surveys undertaken by Geoscience Australia or other government agencies or institutions.

The collections comprise three kinds of data:

  • Physical specimens and samples of geoscience material such as samples from petroleum wells and stratigraphic holes, down hole drill cores and cuttings, onshore side wall core samples, thin sections, reservoir plugs, liquid and gas hydrocarbon samples
  • Digital data such as:
    • 2D and 3D seismic survey field data, navigation data, processed data, velocity data, observer's logs, operational reports, processing reports, bathymetry data, potential field data (gravity and magnetic)
    • well completion reports, well logs, destructive analysis reports, vertical seismic profiles, core photography, special studies
    • databases compiled from data/reports/interpretations from government activities or submitted by industry under legislation.
  • Hard-copies submitted during the pre-digital era including seismic sections and other analogue formats

Search for Petroleum Data

  • Search Wells - search for well data and information, download data, produce online graphs and reports. Data includes well header data, biostratigraphy, reservoir characteristics, velocity surveys, directional surveys, and organic geochemistry.
  • Search Repository - PIMS is a search tool for discovery of survey and well data and physical samples held by the Data Repository. Data can be ordered via an online form. Although this is public data, fees are charged to cover the cost of transcription and delivery. See the current Price Schedule [PDF 73KB] [DOC 313KB]
  • Search Offshore Wells and Surveys – National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System (NOPIMS) provides easy global public access to quality offshore petroleum well and survey data thus significantly improving efficiency in obtaining and analyzing data. The available information includes well data (i.e. logs and reports), production data, processed seismic, seismic image files and reports. Initially, NOPIMS will only manage the offshore wells and surveys that became open information after 1 January 2012. In the future NOPIMS will be expanded to include all offshore wells and surveys.

    Geoscience Australia manages National Offshore Petroleum Data and Core Repository (NOPDCR) on behalf of the National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administrator (NOPTA) in partnership with the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum.


  • To request well and survey data from repository holdings please contact
  • To request to view and sample physical assets such as core, cuttings and fluids please contact
  • To make other enquires regarding petroleum databases, scientific data or other petroleum information please contact