Fossicking licence - Queensland


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.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

You must be at least 18 years of age.


Depending on the licence, from one month to one year.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $67.50

Commercial tour operator fossicking licence - for one month. Fees for 2022-23

Apply Application All $581.18

Commercial tour operator fossicking licence - for one year. Fees for 2022-23


Application process


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

Administering agency

Department of Resources

Contact details

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