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Access to Data

This page contains details of available data services that may assist explorers in evaluating the acreage release areas.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Shape files

Shape files for the 2017 acreage release areas can be download by GIS users.

Should you have difficulty accessing the shape files, please email the Department of Industry Innovation and Science at

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 moved to a new system that offers more functionality to users. No registration is required to access seismic and well related information. The system is compatible with all major browsers (IE 9+, Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge) and includes an intuitive interface, predictive search boxes and HTML 5 Map allowing access from all platforms including tablets. NOPIMS has been populated with header information for 3517 wells and 1987 surveys (current at 17 March 2017) and holds all digital open file data for wells and a selection of reports and open file digital data for seismic surveys including reprocessed ones.

NOPIMS does not yet include information about physical items such as field data, hard copy documents, legacy data submitted on older media (7 and 9.5 tracks reels and field data) as well as cores and cuttings held at Geoscience Australia. Information about these items can be requested directly from Geoscience Australia by emailing

For any other information about NOPIMS please contact

To access the full functionality of NOPIMS please visit

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

Acreage Release Interactive Maps

The 2017 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 and geomorphology
  • marine and coastal data
  • marine management data.

Interactive maps can be accessed at:

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

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.

These data can be accessed via the following paths:

  • Pre-loaded selections of wells relevant to the 2017 acreage release areas are available at acreage release wells.
  • The Petroleum Wells Search page allows access to all open file wells for the above datasets.
  • The Geoscience Australia Repository page provides a search and ordering tool for Geoscience Australia’s Repository. Holdings include well logs and reports, cores and cuttings, destructive analyses reports and seismic data and associated reports.

Please e-mail: 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.

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.