You will require this licence if you intend to conduct mineral exploration activities in Western Australia's offshore area. Western Australia's offshore area extends three nautical miles out from the coastal baseline. If you intend to undertake exploration activities beyond this area, you will need to apply for a Commonwealth licence. This licence will authorise you to explore for and take samples of minerals within a specified licence area. A mineral is a naturally occurring substance such as sand, gravel, clay, limestone, rock, evaporate, shale, oil-shale or coal. Your licence may be restricted to particular minerals.
Licence areas are based on a graticular boundary (or block) system. You may apply for this licence over a group of up to 500 blocks. An exploration licence may be granted over a standard block or over a tender block. A standard block is a block which is vacant, where no permit or licence is currently in force. A tender block is a block subject to a tender block licence notice published by the Agency. The application process varies according to whether you are applying for a standard or tender block. To obtain a licence in respect of a tender block you must successfully pass a competitive tender process.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.