This licence is required for a tour operator to take clients to fossick for gemstones, ornamental stones, mineral specimens, and alluvial gold for recreational and tourist purposes.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
Definition of terms
- Commercial tour operator
a person who conducts, offers to conduct, agrees to conduct, or arranges for someone else to conduct, a commercial tour.
search for fossicking materials in a systematic or unsystematic way on the ground''s surface or by digging with a hand tool; or collect fossicking materials. However, a person does not "fossick" merely because the person picks up a specimen of fossicking material the person finds by chance when doing something other than fossicking.
- Fossicking material
a gemstone; an ornamental stone; a mineral specimen; alluvial gold; a fossil (other than a fossil of a vertebrate animal); a substance prescribed by regulation to be fossicking material; but does not include a meteorite, tektite, or impact or ejected material associated with a meteorite impact structure.
- Hand tool
a pick, shovel, hammer, sieve, shaker, electronic detector or any tool declared by regulation to be a hand tool.
Applicant must have attained at least 18 years of age
This licence remains in effect for one month or one year depending on the application fee paid.
Fee for 1 month
Fee for 1 year
You can obtain a fossicking licence online or from the nearest regional or district office or a fossicking licence agent.
This licence cannot be transferred.
Land owner's permission must be obtained by licence holder prior to entry except for designated fossicking land, fossicking areas or areas where landowners have given "general permission" for entry to the Mining Registrar.
On mining tenements tenure holder's permission is required.
Licence holders must comply with the Fossicking Act 1994 and Regulations regarding activities.
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Mining and Petroleum Operations
Fossicking Act 1994 (Queensland)
Fossicking Regulation 2009 (Queensland)
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