Mineral Retention Licence - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to retain the rights to a mineral resource. This licence is only valid for the specified land. A Mineral Retention Licence is for mineral resources that are not economically viable to mine at the present time.

This licence may be renewed twice for a period not exceeding ten years. 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

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Current for the time period specified in the licence but cannot exceed 10 years.



Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.


Fees for 2016-17.

VaryVariation$341.50Change of conditions. Fees for 2016-17.

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



Information that is required in the application for a Mineral Prospecting Licence is as follows:

  • Name and address of applicants;
  • Contact details;
  • If the applicant is a company, then supply a list of the directors and a copy of registration of the company;
  • Area of land applied for;
  • Map of the land applied for in 1:25,000 scale;
  • Names and addresses of the owners and occupiers of that land;
  • If that land is currently covered by any other Mineral licences;
  • Term of licence required;
  • Estimated annual expenditure for the first two years of the licence and estimated total expenditure for the entire term of the licence;
  • Evidence of financial capability;
  • Qualifications of all technical advisers;
  • Details of applicants experience in mining; and
  • Details of proposed work program.

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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