Exploration Licence (Offshore Minerals) - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to conduct mineral exploration activities in Western Australia's offshore area. Western Australia's offshore area extends three nautical miles out from the coastal baseline. If you intend to undertake exploration activities beyond this area, you will need to apply for a Commonwealth licence. This licence will authorise you to explore for and take samples of minerals within a specified licence area. A mineral is a naturally occurring substance such as sand, gravel, clay, limestone, rock, evaporate, shale, oil-shale or coal. Your licence may be restricted to particular minerals.

Licence areas are based on a graticular boundary (or block) system. You may apply for this licence over a group of up to 500 blocks. An exploration licence may be granted over a standard block or over a tender block. A standard block is a block which is vacant, where no permit or licence is currently in force. A tender block is a block subject to a tender block licence notice published by the Agency. The application process varies according to whether you are applying for a standard or tender block. To obtain a licence in respect of a tender block you must successfully pass a competitive tender process.

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:

  • ppecify the blocks for which you are applying
  • provide details of the activities you intend to carry out, and the amount of money you intend to spend
  • provide details of your technical qualifications and your employees' qualifications
  • provide any technical advice you have available
  • provide details of your financial resources
  • provide maps relating to the blocks
  • advertise your application in a newspaper circulating throughout the State within 14 days of making the application.

If your application is successful you will be provisionally granted a licence. To accept the licence you must provide the Agency with a written acceptance of the grant. You will be required to lodge a security and pay the prescribed application fees.

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


4 years.



Further fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.




Application for an Exploration Licence (Offshore Minerals) - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Mines and Petroleum
Minerals and Mining

Act(s) name

Offshore Minerals Act 2003 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Minerals Regulations 2010 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries, General Tenement
Department of Mines and Petroleum
Minerals and Mining

Operating address:
First Floor, Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth
Western Australia 6004


08 9222 3626


08 9222 3444

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