Mineral Exploration Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to explore for minerals in a given area prescribed under current legislation. This includes applying to the Minister to explore exempted land for coal.

This licence extends to the sea bed and its subsoil within the territorial limits of Victorian water.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Information required in application for exploration licence:

  • name, address and contact details
  • if the applicant is a company, then provide a list of the directors and copy of the certificate of registration of the company
  • area of land applied in kilometre's squared
  • attached map of 1:100,000 scale of the land applied for
  • if the land contains Crown Land, then all relevant documentation involving use of Crown Land for commercial purposes
  • the term required in years
  • estimated annual expenditure for the first two years of the licence and estimated total expenditure for entire time of licence
  • evidence of financial capability
  • names and qualifications of technical advisors
  • details of any previous experience in exploration or mining activities
  • documentation to show that the applicant is a fit and proper person
  • details of the proposed work program
  • preferred annual reporting date.

The land area intended to be explored must be between 1 and 500 graticular sections. Please note that tenement may be required.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

It is an ongoing requirement of this licence that you abide by any conditions or obligations issued by the Agency, such as regular reporting of financial, operational, equipment, technical and environmental data.

It is required that you advertise the approval of the Mineral Exploration Licence in the locality near where the licence was granted. This must be done with fourteen days of being notified of the licences acceptance. It must be advertised in the newspaper and on an appropriate website.


Up to five years with the opportunity to renew.


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Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Other resources

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019 Victoria

Lodgement process


This application must be submitted in accordance with an approved procedure.

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Earth Resources

Contact details

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