South Australia offers explorers and investors a diversity of petroleum investment opportunities as well as opportunities aligned with the State’s energy transition – carbon capture and storage, natural hydrogen exploration, hydrogen generation and geothermal energy:

  • Petroleum Exploration Licences (PEL) up to 10,000 km2,
  • blue sky opportunities in frontier basins with oil and gas shows,
  • diverse Neoproterozoic to Cretaceous marine and non-marine plays,
  • in place gas storage and CCS licensing regime,
  • exploration for natural hydrogen can occur under a PEL, and
  • in future the State's proven effective petroleum regulatory regime will be extended to include blue and green hydrogen generation.

Investment framework

The Department aims to provide efficient, effective and competitive investment frameworks for the State’s minerals and energy resources.

Royalties and taxation

Onshore royalties and taxation, financial assurance, Offshore Petroleum Resource Rent Tax, Australian taxation, State payroll tax, Federal excise duty

Investing in South Australia

Advantages of investing in South Australia

Investment setting effectiveness

Fraser Institute, Australian Productivity Commission Reviews