|State or Territory Government
||Applicable legislation for geothermal exploration
||Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000
||Regulates licensing and activity approvals for upstream petroleum, geothermal, gas storage and petroleum pipeline projects. An 'over the counter' system, where explorers can apply for those areas desired. Licences co-exist with existing mineral and petroleum exploration titles.
||Geothermal Energy Resources Act 2005
||Regulates large-scale commercial and sustainable exploration and extraction of geothermal energy resources.
|New South Wales
||Mining Act 1992
||Governs geothermal exploration, which is considered as Group 8 - Geothermal Substances. Application for a Group 8 geothermal exploration licence requires the Ministers consent.
||Geothermal Exploration Act 2004
||Applies a competitive permit system to encourage and facilitate efficient and responsible exploration.
||Mineral Resources Development Act 1995
||Geothermal tenements are granted as a Category 6 mineral 'Special Exploration Licence' (SEL). An 'over the counter' system, where explorers can apply for those areas wanted for exploration. Licences can co-exist with existing or future minerals and petroleum exploration titles.
||Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act 1967
||Provides legislative coverage for the exploration and recovery of both conventional (hydrothermal) geothermal energy and EGS (hot dry rock) geothermal energy. Does not cover non-commercial uses or heat pumps.
||Geothermal Energy Act 2009
||Provides for 'over the counter' application for geothermal authorities over most of the territory. Intent is to reserve a relativley small region around Katherine area for later tendered release.