APPEA has two main categories of membership: Full Member and Associate Member. In addition, individuals deemed by the APPEA Board to have rendered meritorious service to APPEA or the industry can be made Honorary Life Members.

Applying for membership

Prospective members must submit their completed membership application form and submit it to the APPEA Secretariat. The APPEA Board considers membership applications at its regular meetings held every 3-4 months.


Full membership 

To become a Full Member of APPEA a company must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • hold a registered petroleum exploration or production tenement (or a lawful interest in such a tenement)
  • be spending or lawfully obliged to spend money in petroleum exploration and/or production in Australia
  • be suitable for admission for its actual or potential participation in and/or contribution to the industry.

There are 10 categories of full membership. These range from small exploration and/or production companies with less than 250,000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) production per year in Australia through to large producers with greater than 90 million boe annual production. The category into which a member company falls is determined by the Board based on the company’s mix of:

  • total predicted boe production
  • total petroleum-related expenditure for the current calendar year
  • anticipated total petroleum-related expenditure for the next calendar year
  • the company’s interest in any major development projects
  • the company’s relative size and standing (market capitalisation).

APPEA members are bound by the APPEA Principles of Conduct.

More information on Full Members Benefits  and full membership application form

Associate membership

To become an Associate Member of APPEA a company or party must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • have bona fide interests in APPEA’s goals, influence and interests
  • provide services in the ordinary course of business to Full Members.

The associate membership categories are:

  • Category 1: Small companies, government agencies, educational institutions and small service/supply providers.
  • Category 2: Service and supply organisations, including financial/commercial, legal, environmental, and technical support service companies, equipment and/or hardware suppliers, data processors and onshore transport and storage.
  • Category 3: Field operation companies, including EPCM contractors, drilling, seismic, marine and other field service companies.

APPEA members are bound by the APPEA Principles of Conduct.

Benefits of Associate Membership and associate membership application form

Contact the Membership Coordinator for more information.