Mineral Exploration Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to explore for minerals in a given area prescribed under current legislation. This includes applying to the Minister to explore exempted land for coal.

This licence extends to the sea bed and its subsoil within the territorial limits of Victorian water.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Information required in application for exploration licence:

  • Name, address and contact details;
  • If the applicant is a company, then provide a list of the directors and copy of the certificate of registration of the company;
  • Area of land applied in kilometre's squared;
  • Attached map of 1:100,000 scale of the land applied for;
  • If the land contains Crown Land, then all relevant documentation involving use of Crown Land for commercial purposes;
  • The term required in years;
  • Estimated annual expenditure for the first two years of the licence and estimated total expenditure for entire time of licence;
  • Evidence of financial capability;
  • Names and qualifications of technical advisors;
  • Details of any previous experience in exploration or mining activities;
  • Documentation to show that the applicant is a fit and proper person;
  • Details of the proposed work program; and
  • Preferred annual reporting date.

The land area intended to be explored must be between 1 and 500 graticular sections. Please note that tenement may be required.

Ongoing requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this licence that you abide by any conditions or obligations issued by the Agency, such as regular reporting of financial, operational, equipment, technical and environmental data.

It is required that you advertise the approval of the Mineral Exploration Licence in the locality near where the licence was granted. This must be done with 14 days of being notified of the licences acceptance. It must be advertised in the newspaper and on an appropriate website.


Up to 5 years with the opportunity to renew.



Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.


Change of conditions. Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.


Other fees will apply. Please consult the responsible agency for more information.



This application must be submitted in accordance with an approved procedure.

Administering agency

Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Energy and Earth Resources

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 (Victoria)

Underseas Mineral Resources Act 1963 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2013 (Victoria)

Contact details

Licensing Officer
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Energy and Earth Resources

Operating address:
Level 15
1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Mailing address:
Earth Resources Information Centre
GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


13 61 86


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