Earth Resources Regulation

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Earth Resources Regulation office at 1 Spring Street will be closed to the public until further notice. We encourage you to submit any applications or variations online via the Resource Rights Allocation and Management (RRAM) portal.

We are experiencing a high volume of applications and enquiries. This may result in longer than usual processing times. We appreciate your patience as our team implements changes to manage the demand and improve processing times.

Please help us to manage the workload by avoiding phoning the team directly and where possible, direct any enquiries via email to

Coronavirus (COVID-19) relief - variations to mineral licence conditions

Earth Resources Regulation is Victoria's regulator of exploration, mining, quarrying, petroleum, recreational prospecting and other earth resource activities.

Our role is to ensure earth resources activities are conducted safely to protect people, property, infrastructure and the environment.

We assess and authorise earth resource projects that create business and job opportunities, particularly in rural and regional areas of Victoria.

We enforce laws to ensure that mine, quarry and petroleum operators fulfil their obligations to safeguard the community and environment.

Earth Resources Regulation is implementing a major reform program in response to the Commissioner for Better Regulation's report Getting the Groundwork Right. We are making changes to improve our performance.

Our role

We operate under legislation that enables us to:

  • authorise earth resources exploration, production and other activities that provide jobs and support the Victorian economy
  • regulate these activities to protect local communities and the environment.

We do this through:

  • licensing
  • assessing and approving applications for operations or works
  • education and enforcement activities
  • community and industry engagement.

How we work

  • We have expertise in the earth resources field and draw on additional expertise when required.
  • Our activities and functions are underpinned by assessing and managing risk.
  • Our regulatory work is guided by a Ministerial Statement of Expectations that sets out government's priorities and objectives. We report annually on actions to fulfil these expectations.
  • Our community engagement is guided by our Stakeholder Engagement Charter.
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Where we are

We operate in five regions across Victoria, with offices in Ballarat, Benalla, Bendigo, Melbourne and our head office at Latrobe Valley GovHub in Morwell.

For a full list of ways to contact Earth Resources Regulation, visit our Contact us page.

Working with other regulators and agencies

We work closely with other regulators and government agencies to ensure a whole-of-government approach to the regulation of Victoria's earth resources industries. These working relationships facilitate decision making and a clear and open regulatory context for industry and the community.

Earth Resources Regulation works with the following government organisations:

We have agreements about how we work together with:

If you wish to see a copy of any of these agreements please view the Memoranda of understanding page, or contact us.

Key contacts

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA):

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP):

For a full list of ways to contact Earth Resources Regulation, visit our Contact us page.

Earth Resources Regulation newsletter

Subscribe to the Earth Resources Regulation email newsletter to keep informed of activities and changes that affect the earth resources sector in Victoria.

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Page last updated: 05 Dec 2022