Special Purpose Consent (Offshore Minerals) - New South Wales

Service summary

You may require this licence if you intend to explore for minerals in NSW offshore areas. A special purpose consent authorises you to explore for minerals and take samples of or recover minerals for any of the following purposes:

  • a scientific investigation
  • a reconnaissance survey
  • the collection of small amounts of minerals.

A reconnaissance survey is the exploration of an area to work out whether the area is sufficiently promising to justify more detailed exploration.

A special purpose consent may be granted over a standard block, reserved block or tender block, even if the block if the area is already subject to an existing consent. Please note that a consent is different from an offshore exploration, mining or retention licence, as it does not give you any exclusive rights over an area, nor does it give you any preference in applications for licences over the area.

NSW's offshore area extends to three nautical miles from the coastal baseline. If you intend to undertake exploration activities outside this area, you will need to apply for a licence under Commonwealth legislation.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

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:

  • provide details of the activities you intend to undertake
  • specify the blocks for which the consent is being sought
  • specify the quantity and type of any mineral you propose to recover
  • submit the relevant form
  • pay the required application fee.

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

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

Please consult the Contact Officer for information on fees to be submitted.

Forms

 Resources
Apply

Special Purpose Consent (Offshore Minerals) - Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for a copy of this document.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment
Division of Resources and Energy
Mineral Resources

Act(s) name

Offshore Minerals Act 1999 (New South Wales)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Planning and Environment
Division of Resources and Energy
Mineral Resources


Operating address:
516 High Street
Maitland, New South Wales 2320
Mailing address:
PO Box 344
Hunter Regional Mail Centre
NSW 2310

Phone:

02 4931 6666

Toll Free:

1300 736 122

Fax:

02 4931 6790
minres.webcoordinator@industry.nsw.gov.au

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