Offshore Minerals Exploration Licence - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to explore and recover resources found within the coastal waters of Australia.

This licence gives the holder exclusive rights to undertake exploration and apply for further approvals to undertake exploration related activities. Offshore areas of up to a maximum of 500 blocks are open to application, providing they are not closed to mineral activity.

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 (the areas) for which the application is made
  • specify the activities you intend to carry out on the block or blocks covered by the application
  • provide the amount of money you intend to spend on those activities
  • outline the technical qualifications of yourself and your employees who are likely to be involved in activities authorised by the licence
  • provide details of the technical advice and financial resources available to you
  • specify, if the licence is to be held by more than one person, the share of the licence that each prospective holder will hold
  • provide maps that relate to the blocks and comply with relevant guidelines.

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


Valid initially for four years. May be renewed up to three times for a duration of two years each.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $3000.00

Other fees may apply. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information. Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All $600.00 Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application Form - Offshore Minerals Exploration Licence - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Offshore Minerals Act 1994 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Minerals (Fees) Regulations 2018 Australian Government

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources


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Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

General Enquiries

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Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Operating address: Industry House
10 Binara Street
Australian Capital Territory 2600
Mailing address: GPO BOX 9839
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Phone: 02 6243 7000