Mineral Retention Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to retain the rights to a mineral resource. This licence is only valid for the specified land. A Mineral Retention Licence is for mineral resources that are not economically viable to mine at the present time.

This licence may be renewed twice for a period not exceeding ten years. This licence extends to the sea bed and its subsoil within the territorial limits of Victorian water.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Current for the time period specified in the licence but cannot exceed ten years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $2159.30

Fees for 2019-20.

Apply Application All $977.45 Mineralisation Report.
General Miscellaneous All -

Other fees may apply. Please consult the responsible agency for more information.

Renew Renewal All $1102.50

Fees for 2018-19.

Transfer Transfer All $206.60

Fees for 2018-19.

Vary Variation All $394.50

Fees for 2018-19.


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
  • qualifications of all technical advisers
  • 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
Other: 13 61 86
Email: customer.service@ecodev.vic.gov.au
Website: Earth Resources (Opens in new window)