Acreage Release 2018

The Australian  Government's annual Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release (acreage  release) is a key part of the Australian Government's strategy to promote  petroleum exploration in Australia's offshore waters. The acreage release  provides explorers with new offshore areas the government has made available  for either work program or cash bidding. It enables industry to undertake  longer term planning to support the ongoing investment in, and development of,  Australia's offshore petroleum exploration industry. For further information,  please visit

Access to well  and survey data related to the 2018 AR is available on NOPIMS.
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