You will need this licence if you are a tour operator and take clients to fossick for gemstones, ornamental stones, mineral specimens, and alluvial gold for recreational and tourist purposes.
Land that has been designated as a fossicking area can be both either publicly or privately owned. It is the tour operator's duty to seek the landowner's approval before fossicking can commence on the land, except for designated fossicking land, fossicking areas or areas where landowners have given 'general permission' for entry to the Mining Registrar.
A commercial tour operators licence does not include an exploration permit or camping permit, these must be obtained separately. Licence holders must comply with the Act and Regulations regarding activities.
On mining tenements, the tenure holder's permission is required.