Fossil Fuel Tenements in Australia – Sources and Methodology

Date of last data update: 7th June 2018

The following data sources and methodology were utilised in the generation of the Australian Fossil Fuels Map.

Coal Tenements

Coverage restricted to Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Coverage of other jurisdictions was dropped in February 2018.

New South Wales

Exploration Release Area: none.
Exploration Tenement Application:  All “coal” resource, “exploring” leases within the Title Applications dataset.
Exploration Tenement: All “coal” resource, “exploring” leases within the Current Titles dataset.
Mining Tenement Application: All “coal” resource, “mining” leases within the Title Applications dataset.
Mining Tenement: All “coal” resource, “mining” leases within the Current Titles dataset.
Source: all data sourced from the NSW Department of Industry’s MinView tool.
Attribution: Copyright remains with the New South Wales Government

Queensland

Exploration Tenement Application:  All “applications” status leases within the Exploration Permits for Coal dataset.
Exploration Tenement: All “granted” status leases within the Exploration Permits for Coal dataset.
Mining Tenement Application: All “application” coal division leases within the Mining Leases dataset.
Mining Tenement: All “granted” coal division leases within the Mining Leases dataset.
Source: all data sourced from Exploration and production permits – Queensland
Attribution: © State of Queensland (Department of Natural Resources and Mines) 2018. Updated data available at http://qldspatial.information.qld.gov.au/catalogue//

Victoria

Exploration Tenement Application:  All “application” status tenements seeking coal within the Exploration Leases dataset.
Exploration Tenement: All current tenements seeking coal within the Exploration Leases dataset.
Retention Tenement Application:
All “application” status tenements seeking coal within the Retention Leases dataset
Retention Tenement: All current tenements seeking coal within the Retention Leases dataset.
Mining Tenement Application: All  tenement applications seeking coal within the Mining Leases dataset.
Mining Tenement:  All current or “renewal” status leases seeking coal within the Mining Leases dataset.
Source: all layers sourced from the Earth Resources Current Tenements data release
Attribution: Copyright © The State of Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources 2016

 

Oil/Gas Leases

New South Wales

Advertised Petroleum Areas: none.
Exploration Tenement Applications: All “petroleum” resource, “exploring” leases within the Title Applications dataset.
Exploration Tenements: All “petroleum” resource, “exploring” leases within the Current Titles dataset.
Retention Tenement Applications: Tenement type not used in NSW.
Retention Tenements: Tenement type not used in NSW.
Production Tenement Applications: All “petroleum” resource, “mining” leases within the Title Applications dataset.
Production Tenements:
All “petroleum” resource, “mining” leases within the Current Titles dataset.
Source: all layers sourced from the NSW Department of Industry’s MinView tool.
Attribution: Copyright remains with the New South Wales Government

Northern Territory

Only owners of leases shown (applicants or holders – not managers).
Exploration Tenement Applications: All leases within the Exploration Permits – Application data set.
Exploration Tenements: All leases within the Exploration Permits – Granted data set.
Retention Tenement Applications:All leases within the Retention Licences – Application data set.
Retention Tenements:All leases within the Retention Licences – Granted data set.
Production Tenement Applications:All leases within the Production Licences – Application data set (if available).
Production Tenements:
All leases within the Production Licences – Granted data set.
Source: all layers sourced from the Petroleum and Pipeline Titles layer group produced by the Northern Territory Geological Survey, on behalf of the Northern Territory of Australia.
Attribution: © Northern Territory Government

Offshore Leases

Advertised Petroleum Areas: currently not shown.
Exploration Tenement Applications: data no available
Exploration Tenements: All active titles with the type “Exploration Permit“.
Retention Tenement Applications: 
data no available
Retention Tenements: All active titles with the type “Retention Lease“.
Production Tenement Applications: data no available
Production Tenements:
 All active titles with the type “Production Licence“.
Source: all layers sourced from National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administration (NOPTA) spatial data download page.
Attribution: National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administration

Queensland

Advertised Petroleum Areas: all features from the Advertised Areas for Petroleum (ADP) shapefile.
Exploration Tenement Applications: All titles within the Exploration Permits for Petroleum (EPP) dataset with “PERMITST_1” equal to “Application” and “PERMITST_2” not equal to “Unsuccessful Application”.
Exploration Tenements: All titles within the Exploration Permits for Petroleum (EPP) dataset with “PERMITST_1” equal to “Granted”.
Retention Tenement Applications: Not used in Queensland.
Retention Tenements: Not used in Queensland.
Production Tenement Applications: All titles within the Petroleum Leases (PL) dataset with “PERMITST_1” equal to “Application”.
Production Tenements: All titles within the Petroleum Leases (PL) dataset with “PERMITST_1” equal to “Granted”.
Source: all layers sourced from Exploration and production permits – Queensland
Attribution: © State of Queensland (Department of Natural Resources and Mines) 2016. Updated data available at http://qldspatial.information.qld.gov.au/catalogue//

South Australia

Advertised Petroleum Areas: text
Exploration Tenement Applications: All leases from the Petroleum Exploration Licence/Permit Applications dataset.
Exploration Tenements: All onshore leases from the Petroleum Exploration Licences/Permits dataset.
Retention Tenement Applications: All leases from the Petroleum Retention Licence/Permit Applications dataset.
Retention Tenements: All leases from the Petroleum Retention Licences/Permits dataset.
Production Tenement Applications: All leases from the Petroleum Production Licence Applications dataset.
Production Tenements:
All leases from the Petroleum Production Licences dataset.
Source: all layers sourced from the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG)
Attribution to: Department of State Development, the Government of South Australia, Petroleum Production Tenements dataset and Petroleum Exploration Tenements dataset, see top of page for date of download, SARIG

Tasmania

Advertised Petroleum Areas: All current leases of the type “Exploration Release Area”.
Exploration Tenement Applications: None available.
Exploration Tenements: All granted exploration leases.
Retention Tenement Applications: None available.
Retention Tenements: None available.
Production Tenement Applications: None available.
Production Tenements:
None available.
Source: all layers sourced from Mineral Resources Tasmania
Attribution: This product incorporates data that is copyright owned by the Crown in Right of Tasmania. The data has been used in the product with the permission of the Crown in Right of Tasmania. The Crown in Right of Tasmania and its employees and agents:
(a) give no warranty regarding the data’s accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability for any particular purpose; and
(b) do not accept liability, howsoever arising, including but not limited to negligence, for any loss resulting from the use of or reliance upon the data.
LIMITED END USER LICENCE PROVIDED BY THE CROWN IN RIGHT OF TASMANIA: Provided that you retain this notice, you may use and reproduce the data incorporated in the product for your personal use or use within your organisation.
Contact the Crown in Right of Tasmania at:
30 Gordons Hill Road
Rosny Park
Tasmania 7018 Australia
Email: info@mrt.tas.gov.au
Phone (03) 6165 4800
Fax (03) 6233 8338
to obtain a wider licence.

Victoria

Advertised Petroleum Areas:  Not Available
Exploration Tenement Applications: Not Available
Exploration Tenements: All leases of the type “Exploration Permit”.
Retention Tenement Applications: Not Available
Retention Tenements:All leases of the type”Retention Lease”.
Production Tenement Applications: Not Available
Production Tenements:
  All leases of the type “Production Licence”.
Source: all layers sourced from the Earth Resources Current Tenements data release
Attribution: Copyright © The State of Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources 2016

Western Australia

Advertised Petroleum Areas: All leases from the WA Petroleum – Releases dataset (WAPRELEASE)
Exploration Tenement Applications: All leases from the WA Petroleum – Applications (WAPAPPLICATIONS) dataset of the type “Petroleum Exploration Permit Application” and not covered by the NOPTA offshore dataset.
Exploration Tenements: All leases from the WA Petroleum – Titles dataset of the type “Exploration Permit” and not covered by the NOPTA offshore dataset.
Retention Tenement Applications: All retention lease applications from the WA Petroleum – Applications (WAPAPPLICATIONS)  and not covered by the NOPTA offshore dataset.
Retention Tenements: All leases from the WA Petroleum – Titles dataset of the type “Retention Lease” and not covered by the NOPTA offshore dataset.
Production Tenement Applications: All leases from the WA Petroleum – Applications (WAPAPPLICATIONS) dataset of the type “Petroleum Production Licence Application”and not covered by the NOPTA offshore dataset.
Production Tenements:
  All leases from the WA Petroleum – Titles dataset of the type “Petroleum Lease” or “Production Licence”  and not covered by the NOPTA offshore dataset.
Source: all layers sourced from the Western Australian Government’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Data and Software Centre
Attribution: © State of Western Australia

 

Oil/Gas Wells

New South Wales

Petroleum drillholes identified using PROJECT=PET within the Minerals, coal and petroleum drillholes layer sourced from the NSW Department of Industry’s MinView tool.
Attribution: Copyright remains with the New South Wales Government

Northern Territory

Petroleum Wells data layers sourced from the Wells and Drillholes layer group produced by the Northern Territory Geological Survey, on behalf of the Northern Territory of Australia.
Attribution: © Northern Territory Government

Offshore Leases

Petroleum wells data sourced from National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administration (NOPTA) spatial data download page.
Attribution: National Offshore Petroleum Titles Administration

Queensland

Petroleum Wells sourced from the Petroleum well locations – Queensland data release.
Coal Seam Gas Wells sourced from the Coal seam gas well locations – Queensland data release.
Attribution: © State of Queensland (Department of Natural Resources and Mines) 2016. Updated data available at http://qldspatial.information.qld.gov.au/catalogue//

South Australia

Petroleum Wells layer sourced from the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG)
Attribution to: Department of State Development, the Government of South Australia, Petroleum Production Tenements dataset and Petroleum Exploration Tenements dataset, see top of page for date of download, SARIG

Tasmania

Petroleum Wells sourced from the Mineral Resources Tasmania State Drilling Data Download by selecting all fuel drill holes.
Attribution: This product incorporates data that is copyright owned by the Crown in Right of Tasmania. The data has been used in the product with the permission of the Crown in Right of Tasmania. The Crown in Right of Tasmania and its employees and agents:
(a) give no warranty regarding the data’s accuracy, completeness, currency or suitability for any particular purpose; and
(b) do not accept liability, howsoever arising, including but not limited to negligence, for any loss resulting from the use of or reliance upon the data.
LIMITED END USER LICENCE PROVIDED BY THE CROWN IN RIGHT OF TASMANIA: Provided that you retain this notice, you may use and reproduce the data incorporated in the product for your personal use or use within your organisation.
Contact the Crown in Right of Tasmania at:
30 Gordons Hill Road

Rosny Park
Tasmania 7018 Australia
Email: info@mrt.tas.gov.au
Phone (03) 6165 4800
Fax (03) 6233 8338
to obtain a wider licence.

Victoria

Petroleum wells  sourced from the Petroleum Wells that are available to the public data release
Attribution: Copyright © The State of Victoria, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources 2016

Western Australia

Petroleum Wells – sourced from the Petroleum Wells – Open file layerfrom the Western Australian Government’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety Data and Software Centre
Attribution: © State of Western Australia

Aggregation of data

Datasets were aggregated and fields standardised using a custom Python script.

Area Calculations

All areas were determined using an Albers projection (results presented to 4 significant figures). While the methodology is robust, the calculated areas may differ slightly from those reported by the title issuing authority (typically by much less than <1%).