Prospecting Licence - Western Australia


You may need this licence if you intend to conduct mining exploration or prospecting activities in Western Australia's onshore areas.

Prospecting licence holders can:

  • prospect over an area up to 200 hectares
  • extract or disturb up to 500 tonnes of material from the ground.

Prospecting 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 to mark out the area of land you intend to prospect on.

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.


4 years, but may be renewed for another 4 year period.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All -

Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Apply Application All $5000.00

Security, per licence. Fees for 2021-22

Act(s) name

Mining Act 1978 Western Australia

Regulation(s) name

Mining Regulations 1981 Western Australia

Lodgement process


You will need to submit your application within 10 days of marking our your licence.

Additional information

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

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
Website: Minerals and Mining (Opens in new window)