Special Purpose Consent - Australian Government


You will require this licence if you intend to:

  • conduct scientific investigations
  • undertake reconnaissance surveys
  • explore for minerals
  • collect small amounts of minerals.

A reconnaissance survey is a broad scale short term survey that companies may undertake to decide whether to apply for an exploration licence. Small scale collection activities can cover activities such as the collection of dead coral or a similar limited operation.

This licence can be granted for a standard block, a reserved block or tender block. It does not give the holder exclusive rights to an area nor will it give the holder any preference when applying for other licences for the same area.

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 consent you must:

  • provide details of the activities for which consent is being sought
  • specify the blocks for which the consent is being sought
  • specify the minerals to be recovered and the proposed quantity of the mineral to be recovered if the activity involves the collection of only small amounts of minerals.

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


Up to 12 months


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $300.00 Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Special Purpose Consent - Please contact the agency for an application form.

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


Offshore Resources

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

Offshore Resources


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
Email: Offshore.Minerals@industry.gov.au