petroleum and geothermal

Reviews of decisions made under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (SA)

From 22 February 2018 SACAT will have a review jurisdiction under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (SA). This will enable reviews of certain decisions made by the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy under the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 (SA).

Types of Decisions that can be reviewed by SACAT

SACAT can review a decision of the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy upon their reconsideration of the following decisions:

  • To grant or refuse an application for a licence
  • To refuse an application for the renewal of a licence
  • To impose licence conditions or about the nature of licence conditions
  • To suspend or cancel a licence
  • A determination requiring the holder of a pipeline licence to provide access to the pipeline or a decision not to make the determination
  • A direction to a licensee or former licensee
  • About the material to be included in or excluded from a register
  • Imposing an administrative penalty
  • Imposing a penalty interest or a fine due to failure to pay a royalty or an annual licence fee.

The decision must first be reconsidered by the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy before the Minister’s decision can be reviewed by SACAT.

Applications of this kind will be handled by SACAT’s Administrative & Disciplinary Stream.


Time Limits

Generally, an application for review of a decision must be lodged:

  • Within 1 month after receiving notice of the decision, or
  • In special circumstances, the Tribunal may permit you to make an application after this time

Before applying to SACAT for a review of a decision of the Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy, you must:

  1. Have a copy of the decision which you want to challenge – you should include this with your application.
  2. Ensure you are ready to pay the required fee for making an application.

How to apply:

Click here to start an online application.  In the field entitled ‘Type keyword here’ contained within Step 2 type the word ‘petroleum’ as shown below and then scroll down to select the correct application type.

If you are not sure if you have selected the correct application type you can hover over the ‘question mark’ on the right-hand side to see a brief description of the application you have selected.

If you have any further questions or you would like a staff member from SACAT to assist you to complete the application over the telephone please call SACAT on 1800 723 767 (and press menu option 3).

Attach a copy of the decision you are seeking to review:

You must upload a copy of the decision you are seeking to review when completing your on-line application, or you can email the decision to SACAT at sacat@sacat.sa.gov.au, or post the decision to SACAT at GPO Box 2361 Adelaide SA 5001. Please quote your tracking code or file number when sending any correspondence to SACAT.

Fees:

There is a filing fee applicable for this type of application. Payment can be made on-line by credit card at the time of completing the on-line form, or by using one of the other options outlined in the payment section of the on-line form.

Click here to see a list of current fees and information about payment methods and fee waiver options. 

Organisations that may be able to assist you:

  • Legal Services Commission - www.lsc.sa.gov.au – The Legal Services Commission offer a free telephone legal advice line and other methods of advice for members of the public.
  • Welfare Rights Centre - www.wrcsa.org.au – The Welfare Rights Centre will provide free legal advice to people who are low income earners or are at risk of homelessness. In some instances the Welfare Rights Centre may represent a member of public at the Tribunal.

Relevant legislation: