Mineral Resources Act 1989 - Queensland


To provide for the assessment, development and utilisation of mineral resources to the maximum extent practicable consistent with sound economic and land use management.

The Act makes provision for the issuing of permits, licences and leases relating to prospecting, exploration, mining and mineral development and the granting of mining claims. It also provides for compensation to landowners affected by these provisions.

The following Subordinate Legislation should be examined:

  • Mineral Resources Regulation 2003.

Service type

Regulatory Obligation

An obligation defined in law. A business must comply with relevant services.

Additional information

Prospecting permits and mining claims come under the sole jurisdiction of Mining Registrars.

Applications for mining leases must be lodged with the relevant Mining Registrar's office in whose district the land being applied for is situated.

Applications for mineral development licences must be lodged at the relevant Mining Registrar's Office.

Applications for exploration permits may be lodged at any office of a Mining Registrar throughout the State.


Appeal process


Compliance Mechanisms and Penalties:

The Act provides for the appointment of Mining Registrars, Deputy Mining Registrars and other authorised officers who have extensive powers to investigate breaches of the Act. These include entry and search of property and seizure of equipment and of minerals produced without authority.

Failure to comply with directions of an authorised officer may incur a substantial fine.

A substantial fine may be imposed or a licence, permit or lease cancelled if the conditions under which it was issued are contravened.

Cases of illegal mining are prosecuted in the Land Court of Queensland.

Review or Appeal Mechanisms:

Appeals against directions by a Mining Registrar, Deputy Mining Registrar, or other authorised officer can be made to the Land Court of Queensland.

An appeal against a decision made by the Tribunal may be made to the District Court.

A challenge to the validity of a grant of a mining lease by the Governor in Council may be heard in the Supreme Court.

Decisions on determinations for compensation to landowners may be reviewed by the Land Court.

Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Service Delivery

Tenures Quality and Training

Contact details

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Tenures Quality and Training

Service Delivery

Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy

Phone: 13 QGOV (13 74 68)
Website: Department of Natural Resources and Mines contact list (Opens in new window)