2018 Release Areas

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Access to Data

This page contains details of available data services that may assist explorers in evaluating currently open offshore acreage.

National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System

Geoscience Australia has developed the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System (NOPIMS) as an online data discovery and delivery system for all Australian offshore petroleum wells and seismic surveys acquired in Commonwealth waters.

NOPIMS has been upgraded in 2018 so as to provide access to over 1 million records related to survey and well activities. The data can be directly accessed and downloaded whenever a digital version exists and meet the current system size requirements. Any other item can be requested via the online order mechanism and will be packaged and shipped on demand as per user requirements.

Direct access to petroleum mining sample information is available on NOPIMS platform via the Core Library tab.

Request to access those samples can also be made via the online form available on NOPIMS.

Paper documents, legacy data submitted on 7 and 9.5 track reels and large SEGY datasets will be progressively migrated to NOPIMS In the meantime, these items can be requested directly from Geoscience Australia by contacting AusGeoData@ga.gov.au

To access the full functionality of NOPIMS please use the following link nopims.dmp.wa.gov.au/nopims

The NOPIMS landing page also provides links to support and help menus.

Acreage Release Interactive Maps

The 2018 acreage release areas can also be viewed online in a spatial context with other marine, coastal and regional geological data through the Marine and Coastal interactive maps.

The interactive maps portal has four themes:

  • bathymetry

  • regional geology, geomorphology and geophysics

  • marine and coastal data

  • environmental management data

Geoscience Australia Data

Geoscience Australia is an entity within the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. Geoscience Australia undertakes geological studies to reduce exploration uncertainties and promotes the petroleum prospectivity of Australia's sedimentary basins through the provision of pre-competitive geoscientific information.

Geoscience Australia maintains Australia’s national geological and geotechnical data repository. It continually adds to this physical and digital data collection by undertaking regional basin studies, acquiring regional seismic and marine reconnaissance surveys, undertaking hydrocarbon resource assessments, and providing geoscientific data and reports in support of annual acreage release rounds.

Further information is available at www.ga.gov.au

National Petroleum Wells Database

Geoscience Australia's geological databases provide detailed publicly available 'open file' header data, biostratigraphic data, organic geochemical data, reservoir and facies data, interpreted depositional environment information, directional survey and check-shot data. These data have been extracted from open file Well Completion Reports or are the results from other studies.

For further information please visit the Petroleum Data Repository of Geoscience Australia’s website.

Please e-mail: AusGeoData@ga.gov.au for further technical information on available datasets or any difficulties using the petroleum web pages.


The Australian Marine Spatial Information System (AMSIS) is an online mapping and decision support tool. AMSIS was established to improve access to information about Commonwealth regulation and information to support decision making in Australia’s in Australia's marine jurisdiction. AMSIS is easy to use and provides access to data via a web browser for those interested in the marine environment without the need for specialised software or mapping skills. AMSIS not only displays 'what's out there', but also allows users to query the information, view metadata, and conduct more advanced functions such as return the nearest distance from a point to a nominated boundary.

The next generation of AMSIS is now online, showcasing major improvements to usability, direct access to supporting data and a closer link to relevant Commonwealth legislation.

Geoscience Australia works with other agencies to improve the range and quality of information they deliver electronically. Information available as web services now includes Australia’s current maritime limits and boundaries, the petroleum graticular block framework established under the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Act 2006, Australia’s marine reserve network and native title claims. More themes from a greater range of agencies will be added as this program progresses.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Shapefiles

Shapefiles for the 2018 acreage release areas can be download by GIS users.

Should you have difficulty accessing the shapefiles, please email the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science at petroleum.exploration@industry.gov.au.