ALARP As low as reasonably practicable
APPEA Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association
Basin a. A broad tract of land in which the rock strata are tilted toward a common centre.
b. A large, bowl-shaped depression in the surface of the land or ocean floor.
  • Certificate of Production
  • Code of Practice
COTS Commercial Off The Shelf
DCM Department of the Chief Minister
DENR Department of Environment and Natural Resources
DPIR Department of Primary Industry and Resources
EDIS Energy Division Information System
EIS Environment Impact Statement
EMP Environment Management Plan
EPBC Act Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
EPT Extended Production Test
G&G Geophysical and Geological (G&G) - Surveys
GA Geoscience Australia
GBA Geological Biodiversity Assessment is a Commonwealth-funded program via CSIRO
Geological Regions A collective term that includes “Basins” and other regional geological features such as Provinces.
GDE Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems
GEMIS Geoscience Exploration and Mining Information System (
GHG Greenhouse Gas
GI Geoscience Information
GIS Geographic Information System
GISERA Gas Industry Social and Environmental Research Alliance (CSIRO)
HFF Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid
HFI Hydraulic Fracturing Inquiry
HHRA Human Health Risk Assessment
ICT Information Communications and Technology
ILIS Integrated Land Information System
IMIA International Map Industry Association
“Interest Holder” Owner/s of a well
LNG Liquefied Natural Gas
NAFI North Australia (and Rangelands) Fire Information
NERA National Energy Resources Australia?
NNTR / NNTT National Native Title Register / Tribunal
  • Notice of Intention / Decision (to make water extraction decision)
  • Statement of Decision
NORM Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials
NT Northern Territory
NTEPA Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority
NTG Northern Territory Government
OSG On-shore Gas
PBT Persistent, Bio-accumulative and Toxic
SIA Social Impact Assessment
SLO Social Licence to Operate
SME Subject Matter Expert
SoR Statement of Reasons (from Minister when approving something)
Spud date The day the main drill bit begins drilling into the ground
SREBA Strategic Regional Environmental Baseline Assessment (DENR)
Status (Titles) The Status of a Title can be:
  • Application
  • Grant
  • Ceased
Status (Wells) The Status of a Well can be:
  • Proposed
  • Operational
  • Active
  • Inactive
  • Decommissioned
Sub-basin A geographical “Sedimentary Basin” within a larger “Basin”
Titleholder The holder of an exploration permit or a retention licence or a production licence
TNRM Territory Natural Resource Management
TTPC Tributyl tetradecyl phosphonium chloride
  • Water Act Licensing and Permit System
  • Meter reading form
  • Drilling Licences
  • Ground-water Extraction Licences
  • Surface-water Extraction Licences
WAP Water Allocation Plan (See WALAPS)
WBIV Well Barrier Integrity Verification (MSWord doc)
WCD Water Control District (See WALAPS)
WIMP Well Integrity Management Plan - typically submitted as part of a WOMP
WMS Web Map Services
WOMP Well Operations Management Plan
WQ Water Quality

Last updated: 01 July 2020

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