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.


Administering agency

Department of Natural Resources and Mines

Service Delivery

Tenures Quality and Training

Contact details

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

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