Mining Licence - Victoria


You will require this licence if you intend to carry out mining on specified land. The holder of the mining licence is entitled to carry out mining on the land covered by the licence, to explore for minerals and to construct facilities specified in the licence.

A licence holder must pay rent in relation to the land that the mining licence covers. 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 mining 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 hectares
  • attached map of 1:25,000 scale or larger of the land applied for
  • names and addresses of any owners of private land covered by the application
  • if the land contains Crown Land, then all relevant documentation involving use of Crown Land for commercial purposes
  • if the application includes land that is covered by an exploration, prospecting or retention licence, indicate who holds that licence and include a letter of consent
  • the term required in years
  • estimated annual expenditure for the first five years
  • evidence of financial capability
  • names and qualifications of technical advisors
  • details of any previous experience 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 must not exceed 260 hectares. Please note that a tenement may be required.


Ongoing eligibility requirements

It is required that you advertise the approval of the Mining Licence in the locality near where the licence was granted. This must be done with 14 days of being notified of the licences acceptance. It must be advertised in the newspaper and on an appropriate website.


The maximum term for a Mining Licence is 20 years. Licences can be renewed.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

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

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Mining Licence Application Kit (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

Lodgement process


Please submit this application in accordance to the approved procedure.

Application process


Priority is allocated according to the day the application is received. However if there are competing applicants, priority is assigned after an assessment of merits of applications and ability to meet certain requirements.

Additional information

As of 1 March 2017, coal-seam gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is illegal. No applications may be made for this activity within Victoria.

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.