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.


One year


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $92.50

Fees for 2021-22

Renew Renewal All $92.50

Fees for 2021-22


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for a Precious Stones Prospecting Permit - Please contact the agency for relevant forms.
Comply All Prospecting and Mining for Opal Outside Proclaimed Precious Stones Fields - PDF (Opens in new window)
Comply All Prospecting and Mining for Opal Within Proclaimed Precious Stones Fields - PDF (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Opal Prospecting and Mining - PDF (Opens in new window)

Application process


Please apply in person at your nearest agency office.


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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Opal Mining Registrar

Mineral Resources Division

Department for Energy and Mining

South Australia
Operating address: TAFE Building
Hutchison Street
Coober Pedy SA 5723
Mailing address: DSD - Coober Pedy Office
PO Box 475
Coober Pedy SA 5723
Phone: 08 8672 5800
Fax: 08 8672 5788