Fossickers Licence (Commercial Tour Operator) - Queensland


This licence is required for a tour operator to take clients to fossick for gemstones, ornamental stones, mineral specimens, and alluvial gold for recreational and tourist purposes.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Applicant must have attained at least 18 years of age


This licence remains in effect for one month or one year depending on the application fee paid.



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Application process

You can obtain a fossicking licence online or from the nearest regional or district office or a fossicking licence agent.

Transfer process

This licence cannot be transferred.

Additional information

Land owner's permission must be obtained by licence holder prior to entry except for designated fossicking land, fossicking areas or areas where landowners have given "general permission" for entry to the Mining Registrar.

On mining tenements tenure holder's permission is required.

Licence holders must comply with the Fossicking Act 1994 and Regulations regarding activities.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

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:

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Contact us phone: 07 3199 8133