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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 and the Mineral Resources Development Regulations 2002.

When applying for an exploration licence, applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • A map of scale 1:100,000 or larger showing the boundaries of the application area
  • The major mineral(s) to be explored
  • Details of the program work program including:
    • proposed work program (desktop review, geotechnical exercises, drilling etc)
    • the location and focus of the proposed exercises with location maps
    • a description of the nature of the targets that the program seeks to delineate
    • a description of the geological rationale behind the proposed program
    • an estimated timing schedule of the exploration program
    • Evidence of experience in exploration or mining and expertise in undertaking an exploration program
  • Evidence of the financial capacity to fund the estimated expenditure
  • Evidence of being a fit and proper person
  • An estimate of the likely expenditure on the work program.

If the application includes Crown land, the applicant is required to comply with the Native Title Act 1993 Cth (NTA).

Licence progression to mining in Victoria


Key features of exploration licences

  • Licence granted early in the process; 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