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Exploration licence application process


Applying for an exploration licence

Mineral exploration and mining in Victoria is regulated under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.

Applicants for an exploration licence need to provide the following information:

  • A map showing the boundaries of the application area (scale 1:100 000 or larger)
  • The major mineral(s) of interest
  • Details of the work program including:
    • proposed activities (desktop review, geotechnical exercises, drilling etc)
    • indication of location and focus of the proposed activities with maps, where practicable
    • nature of the targets
    • geological rationale
    • estimated timing schedule
    • evidence of experience and expertise in explor
  • An estimate of the likely expenditure on the work program
  • Evidence of the financial capacity to fund the program
  • Evidence of being a fit and proper person

If the application includes Crown land, the applicant must comply with the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwth) or the Traditional Owners Settlement Act 2010.

Licence progression to mining in Victoria


Key features of exploration licences

  • Licence granted early in the process; with approval to do work obtained after licence grant
  • Granted on the basis of "first come first served"
  • Competing applications assessed based on the proposed work program
  • Maximum licence term is five years
  • Licence renewals possible if satisfactory exploration has been undertaken
  • Applicants and/or licensees may refer a dispute to the Mining Warden
  • An exploration or retention title holder has priority before any other applicant for the award of a mining licence