Exploration Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to explore for minerals in onshore areas of Western Australia.

Your exploration licence will specify the area (graticular blocks) you are authorised to explore. The maximum number of blocks is 70, except in areas that are not designated as mineral fields where the maximum size is 200 blocks. An exploration licence authorises you to enter and explore the land over which it is granted as well as extract or disturb up to 1,000 tonnes of material from the land.

Exploration licence holders may apply for a retention status if a mineral resource has been identified but cannot be further explored or mined.

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 licence you will need the relevant technical and financial resources to undertake your intended activities.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

You will need to satisfy the minimum annual expenditure requirements for the blocks under your licence (unless you are exempted), pay any royalties and submit all necessary reports.


Five years which may be extended by 5 years and further period(s) of 2 years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1978 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulations 1981 Western Australia

Additional information

You will need to pay a security if your application is successful.

Administering agency

Department of Energy, Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Minerals and Mining

Contact details

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