WHERE CAN I FIND MINERAL AND PETROLEUM INFORMATION?
For you to understand and have your say on petroleum or mineral proposals in your area or over your land it is important you access as much information as you can. This section details some of the sources of information on minerals and petroleum available in NSW and also provides some general information to assist you comprehend any information you might hear or read. This guide also includes a glossary of key terms used in relation to mineral and petroleum exploration and production.
NSW Farmers Mining and Coal Seam Gas Communications Project
The NSW Farmers’ Mining and Coal Seam Gas Communications Project provides landholders with unbiased factual information on mining and coal seam gas in NSW, in particular in relation to mineral and petroleum activities in your area, the NSW Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy package, and land access arrangements and landholder rights.
Contact the toll-free Landholder Mining and Coal Seam Gas Hotline:
1300 794 000
Email the Mining and Coal Seam Gas Communications Project:
The principle source of information on the regulation of mineral and petroleum exploration and production in NSW is the applicable legislation itself.
The principle legislation through which petroleum exploration and production is regulated in NSW is the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991.
The principle legislation through which mineral exploration and production is regulated in NSW is the Mining Act 1992.
To view the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 visit:
To view the Petroleum (Onshore) Regulation 2007 visit:
To view the Mining Act 1992 visit:
To view the Mining Regulation 2010 visit:
The other key piece of legislation which regulates mineral and petroleum exploration and production in NSW is the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
To view the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 visit:
To view the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000 visit:
Other legislation and policies and State Environmental Planning Policies also play a role in the regulation of the mineral and petroleum industries in NSW.
To view other legislation, regulation and State Environmental Planning Policies which apply to the mining and petroleum industries see:
The NSW Titles Viewer
The NSW Titles Viewer is a useful tool to help you find information on mineral and petroleum titles or title applications in your local area or over your land.
The NSW Titles Viewer is a web-based map service provided by the Minerals Branch of NSW Trade and Investment, Division of Resources and Energy.
NSW Titles Viewer allows you to view, search and download current information on mineral and petroleum titles and title applications over the whole of NSW.
To access the NSW Titles Viewer visit:
The NSW Government has produced instructions on how to use the NSW Titles Viewer.
To view instructions on how to use the NSW Titles Viewer visit:
MinView – map viewer
MinView is a web-based service provided by the Geological Survey of NSW, a branch of the Department of Industry, Division of Resources and Energy.
MinView enables a user to interactively view, search and download historical and current geoscience and exploration title information.
To access MinView visit:
For detailed information on the various features of the MinView and how to use them refer to the ‘MinView User & Help Guide’.
To view the MinView User and Help Guide visit:
DIGS – Digital Imaging of Geological Systems
The DIGS (Digital Imaging of Geological Systems) database contains exploration, geological and mining information in the form of reports, departmental publications, maps, plans and heritage records.
To access DIGS visit:
For detailed information on the various features of the DIGS system and how to use them, refer to the DIGS user guide.
To view the DIGS User Guide visit:
GDW – Geoscientific Data Warehouse
The Geoscientific Data Warehouse provides access to spatial and non-spatial geoscientific relational data for NSW, held by NSW Trade and Investment, Division of Resources and Energy.
The tool allows you to explore data using Google Earth and a number of simple query utilities.
To analyse the data further, you can download it in comma-separated values (CSV) format and a few different geographic information system formats.
To access the Geoscientific Data Warehouse visit:
A Geoscientific Data Warehouse demonstration video is available online.
To view the GDW demonstration video visit:
Common Ground is a recent resource launched by the NSW Government. It is a web based mapping provided by the NSW Government. It provides interactive and user friendly maps detailing current titles for mining and petroleum in NSW as well as BSAL zones and CICs.
To access Common Ground visit:
TAS - Titles Administration System
The Titles Administration System (TAS) serves as the statutory register of all exploration and mining applications and titles in New South Wales.
TAS can be accessed online once you have a user account.
To create a TAS user account email:
To access the Titles Administration System (TAS) visit:
Conveyancing searches may be undertaken by members of the public or solicitors acting on behalf of clients who are purchasing land in NSW.
Searches list details of any mining or exploration titles and applications that affect a particular parcel of land.
A fee is payable for a conveyancing search undertaken by the Department of Industry, Division of Resources and Energy.
A conveyancing search application form can be downloaded from:
For further information on conveyancing searches contact:
(02) 4931 6449