Mineral Lease (ML) - Northern Territory


You will need a lease if you intend to mine for minerals. A mineral lease (ML) gives you the right to occupy the title area and gives you exclusive rights to conduct all the following activities, in the title area:

  • mine for minerals and other activities specified in the Mineral Titles Act 2010
  • explore for minerals
  • evaluate, process or refine minerals
  • treat of tailings and other material
  • store waste and other material
  • any other approved activities specified in the lease
  • remove minerals
  • mine extractive minerals
  • conduct tourist fossicking.

If you hold a mineral lease for mining, you can also apply for an ancillary mineral lease to conduct associated activities such as a treatment plant. You cannot mine on an ancillary mineral lease.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please contact the agency to identify any eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You need to comply with the following to maintain the lease:

  • provide annual reports about reserves and production to the Department between July 1 and July 14 every year
  • meet the terms of any contractual arrangement entered into with the Territory regarding developing, mining and processing mineral deposits in the lease area
  • carry out work in a way that interferes as little as possible with the rights of other occupiers of land around the lease area.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1012.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $270.00

Administration fee. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Licence All $24.00

Rent per hectare. Fees for 2023-24


Administering agency

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Titles Division

Contact details

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