Approval to mine for other minerals or use for other purpose - Queensland

Service summary

This approval is required to mine for a mineral or minerals not specified in the mining lease OR to use land for a purpose not specified in the lease.

Service type


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

Definition of terms


a substance which normally occurs naturally as part of the earth''s crust or is dissolved or suspended in water within or upon the earth''s crust and includes a substance which may be extracted from such a substance. The term includes: clay when used for its ceramic properties, kaolin and bentonite; hydrocarbons and other substances or matter occurring in association with shale or coal and necessarily mined, extracted, produced or released by or in connection with mining or shale or coal or for the purpose of enhancing the safety of current or future mining operations for coal or the extraction or production of mineral oil therefrom; limestone when used for its chemical properties; marble; mineral oil or gas extracted or produced from shale or coal by in situ processes; peat; salt, including brine; shale from which mineral oil may be extracted or produced; silica, including silica sand, when used for its chemical properties; rock mined in block or slab for building purposes. The term does not include living matter; petroleum within the meaning of the Petroleum Act 1923; soil, sand, gravel or rock (other than rock mined in block or slab form for building purposes) to be used or to be supplied for use as such, whether intact or in broken form; or water.

Eligibility requirements

The applicant must have a mining lease.


This approval cannot be transferred to another tenure.


This approval remains in effect for the term of the lease and any renewal of that term.



Application fee


You can obtain this approval by writing a letter and submitting with a completed Application to amend an environmental authority to your regional or district office.

Administering agency

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

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources Act 1989 (Queensland)

Contact details

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


13 QGOV (13 74 68)


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