Environment & Land Access

The Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 authorises geothermal activities provided there is appropriate protection of the environment, social values and existing land uses.


Environmental regulation is in place to ensure activities involving geothermal companies are properly managed to reduce environmental damage.

Environmental compliance documents for geothermal activites include:

These documents are publicly available on the Environmental Register.

Land Access

Whilst the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 enables geothermal companies to access land for exploration and production, it also recognises the rights of land holders. There are clear oblications for explorers to notify and consult with landholders and provide sufficient information to enable them to make aninformed decision about hte impact or potential impact of the propsed operation on their land.

Liaison Guidelines for Landholders and Petroleum Explorers in South Australia, is a guide to establishing and maintaining good relations between the petroleum industry and land owners, occupiers and titleholders.