Role & Function

The Petroleum and Geothermal Group is the lead agency in facilitating petroleum and geothermal activities in the state. It has responsibility for facilitating the generation of royalty income, economic development, wealth and jobs, and the minimisation of impacts on the environment and public safety through efficient management of the state's petroleum and geothermal rights on behalf of the people of South Australia.

Vision
For South Australia’s petroleum and geothermal potential to be efficiently realised with the community’s support.

Mission
To maximise the community’s net benefits from the state’s ownership of the rights to petroleum and geothermal resources.

Outcomes
To achieve the above vision and mission, the Petroleum and Geothermal Group seeks to facilitate the achievement of the following key outcomes that are consistent with the PIRSA corporate outcomes:

  1. The Petroleum and Geothermal Group is respected by stakeholders for the manner in which it progresses its mission.
  2. Maximise the amount of land that is accessible land for the responsible exploration and development of petroleum and geothermal resources.
  3. Maximise exploration investment to realise the value of the state’s ownership of rights to petroleum and geothermal resources.
  4. Activities carried out for the exploration and development of petroleum and geothermal resources are ecologically sustainable.
  5. Maximise competition within the petroleum and geothermal resources industries, and the security of gas supply to the South Australian community.

The above vision, mission and outcomes are inter-related and interdependent. That is, to maximise economic return requires maximising exploration investment that, in turn, requires maximising the amount of accessible land for such activities to be carried out. To maximise access to land requires community confidence that exploration and development activities are ecologically sustainable and socially acceptable.

Group role and functions

Minerals and Energy Resources Customer Charter

The Petroleum and Geothermal Group achieves its mission, outcomes and objectives through three key inter-related roles:

Attract private sector exploration investment that will lead to new commercial petroleum and geothermal resource discoveries and developments

  • Ensure the ready availability of comprehensive and user-friendly data and databases that are valid and accurate, and relevant to upstream petroleum and geothermal industries.
  • Maintain and disseminate expertise, data and information on technical and business environment aspects of the petroleum and geothermal industries in the state.
  • Research new exploration opportunities.
  • Promote South Australian exploration opportunities to the worldwide petroleum and geothermal industries.

Regulate petroleum and geothermal exploration and development activities in a manner acceptable to both the community and industry

  • Issue and administer licences as required in accordance with legislative and policy requirements
  • Maintain clear and comprehensive administrative guidelines, and ensure their transparent implementation.
  • Monitor petroleum and geothermal industry activities to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation.
  • Ensure royalties and fees are collected in accordance with legislative requirements.
  • Ensure data from industry activities are collected in accordance with legislative requirements and effectively managed.

Provide policy advice to stakeholders on all aspects of managing the petroleum and geothermal resources of South Australia

  • Respond in a timely and authoritative manner to any ad hoc policy issues relating to the petroleum and geothermal industries in South Australia.
  • Identify and remove unwarranted impediments to upstream petroleum and geothermal industries’ investment in the state.
  • Establish consultative processes and implement policy changes to ensure the petroleum and geothermal industry’s activities achieve continued or enhanced community acceptance.
  • Facilitate development of new and existing petroleum and geothermal resource projects by acting as the 'lead agency'.
Minerals and Energy Resources Customer Charter