Mining Licence (Offshore Minerals) - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to conduct mineral exploration and / or production activities in NSW's offshore area. A mining licence is designed to cover the commercial mining phase of a project and authorises the exploration for and full recovery of minerals from the licence area.

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. You may apply for a licence over a standard block that is vacant. Your application may cover up to 20 blocks. If you hold an exploration or retention licence you may apply for a mining licence over all or some of the blocks in the licence area of your exploration or retention licence.

NSW's offshore area extends to three nautical miles from the coastal baseline. If you intend to undertake exploration activities outside this area, you will need to apply for a licence under the Australian Government legislation.

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
  • advertise your application in a newspaper circulating throughout the State.

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.


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Other resources

Act(s) name

Offshore Minerals Act 1999 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Minerals Regulation 2020 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

Division of Resources and Geoscience

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