Exploration Licence or Mineral Authority for an Exploration Licence - Northern Territory


An Exploration Licence allows the holder to carry out an approved exploration program for minerals.
Applicants are advised that concessions for exploration expenditure are available under the Mineral Royalty Act, administered by the, Northern Territory Treasury.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.


Up to 6 years. May be renewed more than once.


Application Fee - $423 (350 RU)
Annual Admin Fee- $302 (250 RU)
$36* per block yrs 1 & 2 (30 RU)
$73* per block yrs 3 & 4 (61 RU)
$150* per block yrs 5 & 6 (124 RU)
$211* per block each year renewed (175 RU)

*GST exempt

Advertising Costs: These costs will vary depending on the type of land tenure and location of the application area.
(Revenue Unit is $1.21 in 2019/20)


Act(s) name

Mineral Titles Act 2010 Northern Territory

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industry and Resources

Titles Division

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:

Customer Services Officer

Operating address: Fifth Floor, Centrepoint Building
50 Smith Street Mall
Darwin NT 0800
Mailing address: GPO Box 4550
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 0889995322
Fax: 0889817106
Email: titles.info@nt.gov.au
Website: http://www.minerals.nt.gov.au (Opens in new window)