Mining claim - Queensland

Service summary

This claim is required by small miners to prospect for minerals and hand mine on an area of land of one hectare or less using permitted equipment only.

Prohibited machinery must not be used for prospecting or hand mining on land in a mining claim.

Service type


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

Definition of terms

Hand mining

mining using hand operated tools, including, for example, picks, shovels, hammers, gads, sieves and windlasses but does not include mining using explosives

Permitted equipment

the following equipment may be used for prospecting of hand mining on land in a mining claim: a pick, shovel, hammer, gad or sieve; a powered machinery that is not prohibited machinery.

Powered machinery

means a mechanical device powered by air, electricity, gas, internal combustion, steam or water, and includes the following a classifier, compressor, drier, drill (other than a vehicle mounted drill), elevator, feeder, filter, hoist, jack pick, puddler, pulsator, pump, separator, shaker, shute, trommel, vibrator, willoughby, winch and windlass. For land within the Mareeba mining district  - an educator dredge that has a maximum inlet nozzle diameter of 200 mm and is used when water flows in the Palmer River, Mitchell River or their tributaries. For land in restricted area 25 within the Quilpie mining district means a vehicle mounted drill with a maximum diameter of 25cms used for exploration drilling and a vehicle mounted drill with a maximum diameter of 1m used for drilling access shafts.

Prohibited machinery

means any of the following powered machinery: a backhoe, bobcat, bucket, excavator, bulldozer, clamshell, continuous miner, dragline, dredge, end loader, excavator, grader, loader, ripper, rooter, scarifier, scoop, scoopmobile, scraper, tractor or traxcavator, vehicle mounted drill, cart, crane, locomotive, monorail, motor vehicle (with or without a trailer) or ropeway. Prohibited machinery may only be used to: transport mineral bearing ore or wash; or transport equipment (including machinery), material or water, that is used in connection with mining operations; or build storage facilities for water that is used in connection with mining operations; or rehabilitate the surface area of land in a mining claim.


to take action to find out about the existence, quality and quantity of minerals on, in or under land by either or both of the following methods:

  1. using metal detectors or similar hand held instruments; or
  2. sampling using only hand held implements.

The term does not include taking action that is

  1. hand mining; or
  2. the removal of minerals for their sale.


This claim can be transferred.

The new claim holder must:

  • be an adult
  • if a company, comply with the meaning under Corporations Law
  • not hold more than two mining claims in Queensland

This permit can be transferred by requesting an Application for an indication of the approval of a assessable transfer (Form MMOL-04) by all holders, then submitting a completed Application for Approval of an assessable transfer (Form MMOL-05) or a Request to register non-assessable transfer (Form MMOl-07) direct to the district office.

The mining registrar will advise of any processing requirements


This claim remains in effect for up to 5 years. Application for renewal must be made 6 to 12 months prior to expiry of the claim.


See Mining claim in other resources below.

Other resources

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You may make an application for a mining lease electronically using the MyMinesOnline system. Alternatively you may complete the the application form and submit with any attachments and the prescribed fee at a Mines lodgement office.

Additional information

Native title considerations could affect the grant of a mining claim - to be considered on a case by case basis.

It is important that clients deal directly with their district office to obtain up to date accurate advice on the requirements of the Mineral Resources Act and associated policies and procedures and any specific requirements for that district.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Queensland)

Regulation(s) name

Mineral Resources Regulation 2013 (Queensland)

Contact details

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


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


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