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 and the Mineral Resources Development Regulations 2002.
When applying for a mining licence, applicants will need to provide the following information:
- A map of scale 1:25,000 or larger showing the boundaries of private land and Crown land
- A mineralisation report which includes the exploration results in relation to the described mineral resource and includes evidence that:
- Where pre-feasibility or other relevant studies were undertaken, they were completed by a suitably qualified person and demonstrate economic viability
- Where pre-feasibility or other relevant studies were not undertaken, the applicant can demonstrate a commitment to mining.
- Details of the program 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
- Other relevant details of the proposed program of work as required
- Evidence of experience in mining
- A description of the mineral resource that indicates whether the resource has been proved to JORC indicated status, a JORC measured status or an alternative and accepted standard
- 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) and/or the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 (VIC).
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