Expenditure rates

Note

Please note that these rates are currently under review.

The expenditure rates for exploration licences and mining licences are shown below.

Rates for exploration licences

The minimum expenditure for each year is (a x b) + c, where:

  • a = the $ amount per km2 or GDA94 graticular section
  • b = the number of km2 or GDA94 graticular sections
  • c = the fixed $ expenditure
Year of licence Metallic* mineral
$ per km2 or $ per GDA94 graticular section
Non-metallic** mineral
$ per km2 or $ per GDA94 graticular section
Fixed expenditure
1 $150 $75 $15,000
2 $200 (or $150***) $120 (or $100***) $15,000
3 $200 $120 $15,000
4 $200 $120 $15,000
5 $300 $150 $15,000
6 to 10 $500 (or $300***) $250 (or $150***) $15,000
11 plus $1000 (or $300***) $500 (or $150***) $15,000

* e.g. gold, silver, lead, zinc, silver, antimony, diamonds
** e.g. mineral sands, gypsum, diatomite, kaolin, peat, feldspar
** Rate applicable to exploration licences granted as a ‘strategic licence’ surrounding an existing mining licence operation

Note

  • EL’s applied for before 1 July 2005 are calculated using a $ per Km2 rate
  • EL’s applied for after 1 July 2005 are calculated using a $ per Km2 rate
  • EL's applied for after 1 July 2005 are calculated using a $ per GDA94 graticular rate (refer to Earth Resources publications for further details of the GDA94 survey standards)

Rates for mining licences

Metallic* mineral

Excluding underground operations – see table below:

Area of licenceExpenditure
5 hectares or less $15,000 per annum
Greater than 5 hectares and up to 10 hectares $20,000 per annum

Non-metallic** mineral

Area of licenceExpenditure
5 hectares or less $5000 per annum
Greater than 5 hectares $10,000 plus $200 per hectare per annum

Note: Expenditure requirements do not apply to a licence for the mining of gypsum.

* e.g. gold, silver, lead, zinc, silver, antimony, diamonds
** e.g. mineral sands, gypsum, diatomite, kaolin, peat, feldspar

Underground metallic mineral operation

Area of licenceExpenditure
5 hectares or less $14,000 per annum
Greater than 5 hectares to 10 hectares $19,000 per annum
Greater than 10 hectares to 25 hectares $22,000 per annum
Greater than 25 hectares $850 per hectare per annum

The MRSDA – section 14(6) allows a mining licensee to conduct mineral ‘exploration only’ for a specified period of up to two years. The following table relates to this case.

Exploration on a mining licence (metallic and non-metallic)

(Multiply the number of hectares by the “$ per hectare” rate and add to the “Fixed Expenditure” rate)

Area of licence Fixed expenditure $ per hectare
5 hectares or less $15,000
Greater than 5 hectares and up to 260 hectares $15,000 100
Greater than 260 hectares $20,000 $150

Page last updated: 27 Aug 2019