You will need this licence if you intend to explore for minerals within the landmass of Tasmania. Exploration licences may be granted for one or more of the following mineral categories:
- metallic minerals and atomic substances
- coal, peat, lignite and oil shale
- construction minerals: stone, clay and sand
- petroleum products except oil shale
- industrial minerals, precious and semi-precious stones
- geothermal substances.
This licence can cover general exploration on either a small or large scale. The area covered by a licence may vary according to the mineral categories it is granted for. A small scale licence is one that covers no more than one square kilometre.
You cannot to explore on private land without the consent of the owner and occupier of the land, within 100 metres of the surface of any natural lake, dam, reservoir, well, artificial pond, or any substantial dwelling or building. Suitable notice must be given to the landowner before entry.
As a general rule, exploration licences will contain a condition requiring the licensee to undertake a program of work as specified on the application for the licence. The licensee is expected to employ technical and other staff and equipment to effectively carry out the proposed work program.