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.