Offshore Minerals Exploration Licence - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to explore and recover resources found within the coastal waters of Australia. This licence gives the holder exclusive rights to the exploration and recovery of mineral samples from the area covered in the licence. Offshore areas of up to a maximum of 500 blocks are open to application, providing they are not closed to mineral activity.

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 licence you must:

  • Specify the blocks (the areas) for which the application is made;
  • Specify the the activities you intend to carry out on the block or blocks covered by the application;
  • Provide the amount of money you intend to spend on those activities;
  • Outline the technical qualifications of yourself and your employees who are likely to be involved in activities authorised by the licence;
  • Provide details of the technical advice and financial resources available to you;
  • Specify, if the licence is to be held by more than one perso, the share of the licence that each prospective holder will hold; and
  • Provide maps that relate to the blocks and comply with relevant guidelines.

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


Valid initially for 4 years. This licence may be renewed 3 times for a duration of 2 years each.



$3 000. Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.




Application Form for an Offshore Minerals Exploration Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

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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