Exploration Licence - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to explore for minerals within the landmass of Tasmania. Exploration licences may be granted for one or more of the following mineral categories:

  • Metallic minerals and atomic substances;
  • Coal, peat, lignite and oil shale;
  • Construction minerals: stone, clay and sand;
  • Petroleum products except oil shale;
  • Industrial minerals, precious and semi-precious stones; and
  • Geothermal substances.

This licence can cover general exploration on either a small or large scale. The area covered by a licence may vary according to the mineral categories it is granted for. A small scale licence is one that covers no more than one square kilometre.

Licensees are not permitted to explore on private land without the consent of the owner and occupier of the land, within 100 metres of the surface of any natural lake, dam, reservoir, well, artificial pond, or any substantial dwelling or building. Suitable notice must be given to the landowner before entry.

As a general rule, exploration licences will contain a condition requiring the licensee to undertake a program of work as specified on the application for the licence. The licensee is expected to employ technical and other staff and equipment to effectively carry out the proposed work program.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


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 be over the age of 18 years or a body corporate or a combination of these, and complete an application that includes any required documentation such as:

  • An outline of the exploration work and expected expenditure proposed to be carried out during the first two years of the licence;
  • A description of the application area and the financial and technical resources available to the applicant; and
  • The likely effect on the environment.

The licensee must agree to adopt current best practice in regard to exploration activities and must obtain written approval prior to the commencement of any on-ground activities.

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


Five years, or as specified on the approved licence.



Exploration licence for Category 4 minerals (any petroleum products except oil shale - for the first 2 periods of 12 months, per square kilometre: $4.41; each subsequent period of 12 months, per square kilometre: $6.64.


Exploration licence for all other minerals: for the first 2 periods of 12 months, per square kilometre: $28.13; each subsequent period of 12 months, per square kilometre: $56.26.


Application for exemption from conditions.


Extension of Exploration Licence.


Application for surrender of an Exploration Licence.


Consolidation of Exploration Licences.

Other resources



The application should include:

  • A completed application on the approved form;
  • Details of current holdings, both in Tasmania and interstate, and names and qualifications of staff;
  • A separate summary of the proposed exploration program for public distribution at the time of advertising of the licence application; and
  • The prescribed application fee.

Administering agency

Department of State Growth
Transport, Regulatory and Customer Services
Mineral Resources Tasmania

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Mineral Resources Regulations 2016 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Department of State Growth
Transport, Regulatory and Customer Services
Mineral Resources Tasmania

Operating address:
30 Gordons Hill Road
Rosny Park
Tasmania 7018
Mailing address:
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018


03 6165 4800


03 6233 8338

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