Special Purpose Consent (Offshore Minerals) - New South Wales


You may need this consent if you intend to explore for minerals in NSW offshore areas. The consent will authorise you to explore for or recover minerals for the following purposes:

  • scientific investigation
  • a reconnaissance survey
  • the collection of small amounts of minerals.

A reconnaissance survey is the exploration of an area to determine whether the area is sufficiently promising to justify more detailed exploration.

A special purpose consent may be granted over a standard block, reserved block or tender block, even if the area is already subject to an existing consent. Please note that a consent is different from an offshore exploration, mining or retention licence, as it does not give you any exclusive rights over an area, nor does it give you any preference in applications for licences over the area.

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 Commonwealth 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:

  • provide details of the activities you intend to undertake
  • specify the blocks for which the consent is being sought
  • specify the type and quantity of any mineral you propose to recover (if any).


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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

Contact details

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