Miner's Right (Onshore Minerals) - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to prospect or fossick for minerals on Crown land. A Miner's Right may authorise you to carry out the following activities on Crown land which is not the subject of a mining tenement:

  • prospect for minerals (including gold)
  • conduct geological mapping
  • conduct tests for minerals
  • undertake limited sampling using hand held equipment, and to remove samples up to 20kg
  • mark out land for the purpose of making an application for a mining tenement
  • fossick for rocks and gemstones
  • take water and camp for the purposes of prospecting.

Please note that a Miner's Right does not authorise these activities on private land or Reserve land. It also does not let the holder take samples weighing more than 20kg. A Miner's Right is only issued to individuals.

Where the land is subject to a pastoral lease, you must obtain the written consent of the occupier before conducting activities. You will also be required to notify the occupier before passing over certain parts of the land.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

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 must provide proof of your identity.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fee information is in the attached fee resource.


Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Miner's Right Pamphlet - PDF (Opens in new window)

Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Fees and Charges - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1978 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulations 1981 Western Australia

Administering agency

Department of 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.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Minerals and Mining

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Western Australia
Operating address: Mineral House
100 Plain Street
East Perth, Western Australia 6004
Phone: 08 9222 3626
Fax: 08 9222 3444
Email: mineraltitles.enquiries@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Website: Minerals and Mining (Opens in new window)