About PESA

The Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia is a non-profit association of individuals involved in the exploration of oil and gas.

The purpose and objectives of PESA are::

  • to promote professional and technical aspects of the upstream petroleum industry throughout Australia by providing a medium for gathering individuals interested in oil and gas exploration
  • To present views and discuss technical and professional matters relating to the upstream petroleum industry
  • to foster and provide continuing education for the benefit of members; and
  • to maintain a high standard of professional conduct on the part of its members

General Information

The Federal Executive assists in the formation of local branches of the society throughout Australia and will publish any material considered desirable for the promotion of its objectives.


PESA’s main activities are the publication of the bi-monthly magazine PESA News. PESA awards a number of scholarships to University students and also conducts monthly technical functions. PESA also conducts continuing education courses.


PESA’s current membership is over 1,850 members spread across Australia affiliated with the various branches, and approximately 150 overseas members, who are associated with individual State Branches of their choice.

For more information, see membership.