Special Purpose Consent - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to:

  • Conduct scientific investigations;
  • Undertake reconnaissance surveys;
  • Explore for minerals; or
  • Collect small amounts of minerals.

A reconnaissance surveys cover a broad scale short term survey that companies may undertake to decide whether to apply for an exploration licence. Small scale collection activities can cover activities such as the collection of dead coral or a similar limited operation.

This licence can be granted for a standard block, a reserved block or tender block. It does not give the holder exclusive rights to an area nor will it give the holder any preference when applying for other licences for the same area.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this consent you must;

  • Provide details of the activities for which consent is being sought;
  • Specify the blocks for which the consent is being sought; and
  • Specify the minerals to be recovered and the proposed quantity of the mineral to be recovered if the activity involves the collection of only small amounts of minerals.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 12 months.





Application for Special Purpose Consent - Please contact the agency for an application form.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Offshore Resources

Act(s) name

Offshore Minerals Act 1994 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Minerals (Fees) Regulations 1994 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Offshore Resources

Operating address:
Industry House
10 Binara Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address:
GPO Box 9839
Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 62437000


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