Precious Stones Prospecting Permit - South Australia


You will need this permit to prospect for opals and other precious stones, such as sapphires.

This permit is needed to:

  • register a precious stones claim
  • register an opal development lease.

Both a precious stones claim and an opal development lease grant an exclusive right to conduct mining operations for the recovery of opal or precious stones from the land pegged out. However, they differ in area, accessibility, working and land conditions.

You will need to register a claim or lease separately.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this permit you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be an Australian resident or hold a current working visa.


1 year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $99.00

Fees for 2023-24

Renew Renewal All $99.00

Fees for 2023-24


Application process


Please apply in person at your nearest agency office.

Transfer process


This permit cannot be transferred.

Administering agency

Department for Energy and Mining

Mineral Resources Division

Contact details

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