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2016 Special Notices

This document sets out the general and special notices for the 2016 Offshore Petroleum Exploration Acreage Release Areas (release areas). The information contained in this document has been identified through consultation with parties that have existing rights and interests in, and around, the 2016 release areas.

These notices are designed to assist successful applicants when planning a program of exploration. The identified requirements for a release area may result in the Joint Authority placing additional conditions on an exploration title at the time of award.

Although due care, diligence and skill has been exercised in the preparation and compilation of information contained in this document, the Australian Government does not guarantee that the information provided is accurate or complete. You should not rely solely on information contained in this document when making commercial decisions, and should check the accuracy of information prior to commencing any petroleum exploration operation.

General notices for all areas

Petroleum legislation requires that offshore operations be carried out in a manner that does not unduly interfere with the rights and interests of others. There is also a need to comply with other requirements and standards set by Australian law. Successful applicants for offshore titles need to have regard for matters such as:

  • environment and heritage protection
  • Native Title rights and interests
  • navigation and maritime safety
  • fishing activities
  • defence activities
  • submarine telecommunication cables
  • Financial Assurance.











Notices for specific areas














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[2] Katsuhiko T. Wada and Ilya Tëmkin (2008) Taxonomy and Phylogeny. In Southgate and Lucas (Eds) The Pearl Oyster. Elsevier. Oxford. UK. 2008:37-76. P 59.

[3] A. Hart, D. Murphy and R. Jones. (2015). Pearl Oyster Managed Fishery Status Report. In: Status Reports of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Western Australia 2014/15: The State of the Fisheries eds. W.J. Fletcher and K. Santoro, Department of Fisheries, Western Australia, p211