Mineral Lease or Mineral Authority for a Mineral Lease - Northern Territory


You will be required to obtain a mineral 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.
If you require any further information, please contact the Department.

Service type


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


For a term the minister considers appropriate. May be renewed more than once.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $907.00 Application fee.
Apply Licence All $242.00 Administration fee. Paid annually.
Apply Licence All - Rent - $21 per hectare. Paid annually.
Apply Miscellaneous All -

Advertising costs:
NT News - $334.69
Koori Mail - $235.75
Centralian Advocate - $239.61


Act(s) name

Mineral Titles Act 2010 Northern Territory

Additional information

The department advertises all applications for the grant of mineral titles in the Northern Territory.

In addition to the standard conditions on mineral title, as a mineral lease holder you will be required to comply with the following:

  • provide annual reports about reserves and production to the Department of Primary Industry and Resources 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.
If you require any additional information about the conditions of a mineral lease, please contact the Department.

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Customer Services Officer

Titles Division

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Operating address: Centrepoint Building
Floor 5
50 Smith Street
Darwin, Northern Territory 0800
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4550
Darwin, Northern Territory 0801
Phone: 08 8999 5322
Fax: 08 8981 7106
Email: titles.info@nt.gov.au
Website: Department of Primary Industry and Resources (Opens in new window)