Opal Prospecting Licence - New South Wales


You will need this licence if you intend to prospect for opals commercially. Opal prospecting refers to mineral exploration for opals and must take place in an Opal Prospecting Area (OPA).

Opal Prospecting Licences do not authorise mining. If you intend to undertake mining operations, you will need to apply for a Mineral Claim.

There are four Opal Prospecting Licences. Each licence authorises the holder to carry out prospecting operations only within the boundaries of the opal prospecting block to which this licence relates. These areas are displayed in the 'Map of Lightning Ridge OPAs' document provided.

Applications must be in respect of designated opal prospecting blocks within an Opal Prospecting Area.

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 or older
  • provide details of the land where proposed opal prospecting will take place
  • provide details of the extend and conduct of operations to be carried out
  • provide details of the methods used for prospecting (including community consultation and environmental management and rehabilitation)
  • comply with the regulations.


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Act(s) name

Mining Act 1992 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulation 2016 New South Wales

Administering agency

Department of Regional NSW

Division of Resources and Geoscience

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