Miner's Right (Onshore Minerals) - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to prospect or fossick for minerals on Crown land. A Miner's Right may authorise you to carry out the following activities on Crown land which is not the subject of a mining tenement:

  • Prospect for minerals (including gold);
  • Conduct geological mapping;
  • Conduct tests for minerals;
  • Undertake limited sampling using hand held equipment, and to remove samples up to 20kg;
  • Mark out land for the purpose of making an application for a mining tenement;
  • Fossick for rocks, gemstones etc.; and
  • Take water and camp for the purposes of prospecting.

Please note that a Miner's Right does not authorise these activities on private land or Reserve land. It also does not let the holder take samples weighing more than 20kg. A Miner's Right is only issued to individuals.

Where the land is subject to a pastoral lease, you must obtain the written consent of the occupier before conducting activities. You will also be required to notify the occupier before passing over certain parts of the land.

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:

  • Provide proof of your identity;
  • Submit any required forms; and
  • Pay any required fees.

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


To be determined.




Other resources

Administering agency

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
Minerals and Mining

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1978 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulations 1981 (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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