Licensing & approvals

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.

Manage your licence

You can submit and manage most licence or work authority applications online using our Resource Rights Allocation and Management (RRAM) portal.

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Recreational fossicking

Find out where to look for gold and gemstones in Victoria and how to buy a fossicking (prospecting) licence.

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Location of mining and petroleum licences

Tools to help you locate mining and petroleum licences and associated information in Victoria.

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Mineral licences

In Victoria, you need a licence for minerals exploration and mining. Find out about the different types of licences and how to apply.

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Extractives industry work authority

In the extractive or quarry industry, a licence is known as a work authority. You need a work authority before starting works at a quarry.

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Oil and gas permits, leases and licences

Oil and gas permits, are only offered through a State Government Tender process. Any upcoming tenders will be announced on this website.

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Geothermal energy licence

In Victoria, you need a licence for geothermal exploration and extraction. Permits are only offered through a State Government Tender process.

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Licensing disputes and objections

A landholder may object to a minerals exploration or mining licence application before it's approved.

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Council planning referrals

Planning application referrals are submitted to us where the applications relate to mineral and stone extraction operations.

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Licensing glossary

A glossary of terms used in the Victorian resource sector.

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