You will need this licence if you intend to explore a specified area for minerals. This licence is designed to encourage exploration in and over poorly explored parts 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.
The licence holder must prepare an annual report to the Agency. This report must detail the amount of money spent on exploration in the last 12 months, details of any work proposed to be undertaken, and any further information as laid out by the Act.
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.
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.