Mineral Prospecting Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to prospect or explore for minerals. This licence entitles the holder to do this, as well as carry out mining on land covered by the Mineral Prospecting Licence and any other activities that are incidental to mining.

This licence cannot be renewed and the land that is covered by the licence cannot exceed five hectares. 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.


Current for the time specified on the licence but not exceeding five years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $751.50 Fees for 2021-22

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Prospecting Licence Guidelines (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

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

Application process


Information that is required in the application for a Mineral Prospecting Licence is as follows:

  • name and address of applicants
  • contact details
  • if the applicant is a company, then supply a list of the directors and a copy of registration of the company
  • area of land applied for
  • map of the land applied for in 1:25,000 scale
  • names and addresses of the owners and occupiers of that land
  • if that land is currently covered by any other Mineral licences
  • term of licence required
  • estimated annual expenditure for the first two years of the licence and estimated total expenditure for the entire term of the licence
  • evidence of financial capability
  • details of applicants experience in mining
  • details of proposed work program.

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Earth Resources

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:

Licensing Officer

Earth Resources

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Operating address: Level 15
1 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Mailing address: Earth Resources Information Centre
GPO BOX 2392
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 13 61 86
Email: customer.service@ecodev.vic.gov.au
Website: Earth Resources (Opens in new window)