Access to Data

This page contains details of data services available to assist explorers in evaluating release areas. 

National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System

Geoscience Australia developed the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System (NOPIMS) as an on-line data discovery and delivery system for all Australian offshore petroleum wells and seismic surveys.

The NOPIMS improved functionality includes cross multi browser compatibility, a modern improved user interface look and feel, new higher quality maps with ArcGIS integration, web services and integration with Geoscience Australia’s Web Map Services (WMS). The NOPIMS is now populated with reports and data for 80 per cent of the offshore petroleum wells and over 79 per cent of the offshore seismic surveys. The NOPIMS does not currently store reprocessed seismic survey data, field seismic, processed seismic and navigation datasets currently held on tape media will not be available. For requests of these data sets please contact

Access to the full functionality of the NOPIMS requires self-registration and with a password change function. To self-register please visit A new landing page is accessible via web link The landing page provides links to access and help, about us and related information. Any reports and data for wells and surveys not contained within the NOPIMS can be requested directly from Geoscience Australia by contacting

Acreage Release Interactive Maps

The 2016 acreage release areas can also be viewed online in a spatial context with other marine, coastal and regional geological data through the 2016 acreage release interactive Maps.

The Interactive Maps portal (Interactive Maps) has four themes:

  • bathymetry

  • regional geology and geomorphology

  • marine and coastal data

  • marine management data.

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.

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:

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.

The next generation of AMSIS is now online, showcasing major improvements to usability, direct access to supporting data and a closer link to relevant Commonwealth legislation.

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.

Geographic Information System (GIS) Shape files

Shape files for the 2016 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