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Mining licence application process


Applying for a mining licence

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

Applicants for a mining licence need to provide the following information:

  • A map  showing boundaries of the application area, including private land and Crown land (scale 1:25,000 or larger)
  • A mineralisation report which includes the exploration results in relation to the described mineral resource and includes evidence that:
    • where pre-feasibility studies were undertaken, they were completed by a suitably qualified person and demonstrate economic viability
    • where pre-feasibility studies were not undertaken, the applicant can demonstrate a commitment to mining.
  • Details of the work program including:
    • a map of the location of the proposed works
    • a description of the proposed type of works including the type of ore treatment
  • Evidence of experience in mining
  • A description of the mineral resource indicating it has been proved to an accepted standard
  • 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 is required to comply with the Native Title Act 1993 (Cwth) or the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010.

Licence progression to mining in Victoria


Key features of mining licences

  • Licence granted early in the process; approval to do work obtained after licence grant
  • Requires identification of a mineral resource, a mineralisation report (where relevant) and demonstration that a resource and project will be economically viable required prior to grant
  • Licence may be granted for up to 20 years (or more, at Minister's discretion)
  • Licence renewals possible
  • Applicants and/or licensees may refer a dispute to the Mining Warden