Miner's Right Permit - Victoria


You will require this permit if you are a prospector or fossicker and intend to prospect for minerals on unreserved Crown Land, or on private land where the permission of the landowner has been granted. Prospecting involves the use of metal detectors, hand tools, pans or simple sluices in the search for gold, gemstones and other minerals. This permit will transfer the ownership of any minerals found whilst prospecting to the holder of the permit.

This permit 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

To be eligible for this permit:

  • you may apply either electronically, orally or in writing
  • provide the name and address of applicant
  • you must be at least 18 years of age to hold this permit.

Children under the age of 18 do not need a licence if they are accompanied by an adult holding a miner's right.


Ten years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $27.00

Fees for 2023-24


Other resources

Act(s) name

Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990 Victoria

Regulation(s) name

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

Application process


An online application process is available.

Administering agency

Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions

Earth Resources

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.