Mining Licence - Western Australia


You will need this licence if you intend to recover minerals and / or explore for minerals in coastal waters. Western Australia's coastal waters extend three nautical miles out from the coastal baseline.

Your mining licence will specify the area (graticular blocks) you are authorised recover minerals from and / or to explore. You may apply for this licence over a group of up to 20 blocks. The application process depends on what type of blocks you intend to explore:

  • Standard blocks - are vacant and have no permit or licence is currently in force over them.
  • Tender blocks - are subject to a tender block licence notice published by the agency.

You can apply for a mining licence over 2 groups, totalling up to 20 blocks, if you already hold an exploration or retention licence over the blocks.

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:

  • ensure you and your employees who will likely be involved in your intended activities hold relevant technical qualifications
  • have sufficient technical advice and financial resources.


21 years unless surrendered, cancelled or renewed.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $3000.00

Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $181.00

Registration of other dealing. Fees for 2023-24

General Application All -

You may need to pay additional fees. Please contact the agency for more information.

Renew Renewal All $600.00

Fees for 2023-24

Vary Variation All $190.00

Caveat. Fees for 2023-24

Act(s) name

Offshore Minerals Act 2003 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Offshore Minerals Regulations 2010 Western Australia

Application process


If your application is successful, you will be provisionally granted a licence. To accept the licence, you will need to provide the agency with a written acceptance of the grant.

Lodgement process


You will need to advertise your application in a newspaper circulating throughout the Western Australia within 14 days of making your application.

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.