Opal Prospecting Licence - New South Wales


You will require this licence if you intend to prospect for opals within an opal prospecting area.

Prospecting is carrying out works on, or removing samples from, land for the purpose of testing its mineral bearing qualities. An opal prospecting area is an area of prescribed land the Minister has determined may be prospected for opals, prescribed land may include crown land or land within a reserve.

If your application is successful you will be granted an opal prospecting block, this is a designated area of less than 500 hectares in which you may conduct your intended prospecting activities.

Please be aware, this licence only permits you to prospect for opals, it does not grant you permission to extract and sell opals.

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:

  • be 18 years of age or older
  • provide details of the land where proposed opal prospecting will take place
  • provide details of the methods used for prospecting
  • provide details of the measures to be taken to protect / minimise harm to the environment
  • pay any required fees.

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


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Administering agency

Department of Planning and Environment

Division of Resources and Energy

Mineral Resources

Contact details

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

Lightning Ridge Office

Operating address: 60 Morilla Street
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834
Mailing address: PO BOX 314
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales 2834
Phone: 02 6829 9200
Fax: 02 6829 0825
Email: LightningRidge.Office@industry.nsw.gov.au