Licensing & approvals
Temporary hold on processing applications
Earth Resources Regulation has placed a temporary hold on processing applications for new licences in East Gippsland and Victoria’s alpine regions due to the continuing bushfire situation.
Applications to renew or amend existing licences will be considered on a case by case basis, taking account of the bushfire situation in local communities and importance for the licensee’s immediate operations and employees.
It’s important that applicants and communities impacted by the Victorian bushfires have an opportunity to engage in the licensing process, including a fair opportunity for local landholders and community members to consider and respond to statutory required newspaper advertisements or notices.
At this stage, many local people are focussing on volunteering to fight fires, responding to advice to protect their safety or starting their recovery efforts.
Earth Resources Regulation will continue to closely monitor the bushfire situation and resume processing new licence applications as soon it is confident that people from bushfire impacted communities are able to participate in the process.
Quarrying, minerals exploration and mining activities are tightly controlled. This is to ensure an efficient and sustainable use of our natural resources while ensuring the community and environment are safeguarded. Learn about the type of licence you need, how to apply for them and your obligations as an explorer, miner or producer.