Fossickers Licence (Commercial Tour Operator) - Queensland

Service summary

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.

Service type


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.

Eligibility requirements

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.

Transfer details

This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

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.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Mining and Petroleum Operations

Act(s) name

Fossicking Act 1994 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Fossicking Regulation 2009 (Queensland)

Contact details

Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Service Delivery
Mining and Petroleum Operations


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


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