Mining Licence (Offshore Minerals) - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to conduct mineral exploration and / or production activities in the offshore area of Western Australia.

A mining licence is designed to cover the commercial mining phase of a project and authorises you to explore for and fully recover minerals from the licence area.

Western Australia's offshore area extends three nautical miles out from the coastal baseline. If you intend to undertake activities beyond this area, you will need to apply for a Commonwealth licence.

A mining licence authorises you to recover minerals from an area specified in the licence (the licence area). Licence areas are based on a graticular boundary (or block) system. If the blocks you intend to apply for are vacant (not subject to an exploration, retention or mining licence) you may apply for a licence over a group of up to 20 blocks. If you already hold an exploration or retention licence over the blocks you intend to apply for, you may apply for a mining licence over 2 groups of up to 20 blocks.

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:

  • specify 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
  • lodge a mining development plan
  • lodge and environmental impact statement
  • advertise your application in a newspaper circulating throughout the State within 14 days of lodging your 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.


Up to 21 years.



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




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

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Minerals and Mining

Act(s) name

Offshore Minerals Act 2003 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Minerals Regulations 2010 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Minerals and Mining

Mailing address:
Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth,Western Australia,6004


08 9222 3626


08 9222 3444


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