Retention Licence - Tasmania


You will require this licence if you intend to retain the right to mining minerals from the land. A retention licence is given when the economic viability of mining procedures has not yet been established. Economic viability takes into account the following:

  • the cost of mining
  • amount of mineral to be mined.

This licence also authorises you to continue exploration.

A retention licence authorises you, or a person contracted by you, to carry out any of the following activities:

  • geological, geophysical and geochemical exploration programs
  • mining feasibility studies
  • metallurgical testing
  • environmental studies
  • marketing studies
  • engineering and design studies
  • entering or passing over Crown or private land.

Licensees are not permitted 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.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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:

  • hold an Exploration Licence or a Mining Lease
  • be able to demonstrate the existence of a resource that is unable to be mined at the time of application
  • pay the relevant application fees and security deposit.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to 5 years, with the possibility of extending a further 5 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $1393.20 -
Apply Licence All $1393.20

Coal, petroleum, coal seam gas or geothermal substance. Per square kilometre for each period of twelve months.

Apply Licence All $2778.30

Minerals other than coal, petroleum, coal seam gas, or geothermal substance. Per square kilometre for each period of twelve months.

Apply Transfer All $461.70 -
Cancel Cancellation All $170.10

Surrender of retention licence.

General Exceptions All $348.30

Exemptions of conditions.

Vary Variation All $923.40

Extension of a retention licence. Please note, various fees and royalties may apply as per regulations.

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources Development Act 1995 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Mineral Resources Regulations 2016 Tasmania

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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Mineral Resources Tasmania

Department of State Growth

Operating address: 30 Gordons Hill Road
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Mailing address: PO BOX 56
Rosny Park, Tasmania 7018
Phone: 03 6165 4800
Fax: 03 6173 0222
Website: Mineral Resources Tasmania (Opens in new window)