Exploration Licence - Tasmania


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.

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 licence you must:

  • be at least 18 years old or a body corporate (or a combination of both)
  • have sufficient financial and technical resources
  • hold an applicable public liability insurance policy.

You must agree to adopt current best practice in regard to exploration activities and must obtain written approval prior to the commencement of any on-ground activities.


Five years, or as specified on the approved licence.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
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Act(s) name

Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Mineral Resources Regulations 2016 Tasmania

Application process


Your application should include:

  • a completed application form
  • details of current holdings, both in Tasmania and interstate, and names and qualifications of staff
  • a separate summary of the proposed exploration program for public distribution at the time of advertising of the licence application
  • all relevant information
  • the prescribed application fee.
Relevant information includes, but is not limited to:
  • an outline of the exploration work and expected expenditure proposed to be carried out during the first two years of the licence
  • a description of the application area and the financial and technical resources available to the applicant
  • the likely effect on the environment.

Approval time

180 business days

Administering agency

Department of State Growth

Mineral Resources Tasmania

Contact details

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