2022 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release: Bidding now open

Bidding is now open for the 2022 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release. The 2022 acreage release comprises 10 areas in Commonwealth waters offshore of Western Australia, Victoria, and the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, across four basins:

  • Bonaparte Basin – 3 areas
  • Browse Basin – 3 areas
  • Gippsland Basin – 1 area
  • Northern Carnarvon Basin – 3 areas

All areas will be available for a single round of work program bidding. Bidding closes 2 March 2023.

View the maps, block diagrams and block listings for the 2022 acreage release.

For more information on investing in offshore petroleum exploration, refer to the Department of Industry, Science and Resources.

Information on the petroleum geology of each basin is available on the Geoscience Australia website. These pages provide petroleum geological content that has been compiled from publications related to previous acreage release and from ongoing studies carried out by Geoscience Australia.

Further information

Maps: Acreage Release 2022 map will be available via the spatial component of NOPIMS