Recreational fossicking and prospecting
A guide has been prepared to help those interested in looking for gold and gems in Victoria as a hobby:
If you want to fossick in Victoria, you need a current fossicking permit known as a miner's right. A miner's right allows you to remove and keep minerals discovered on Crown Land, your own land or private land (where the landowner has given permission).
Children under the age of 18 years do not need a licence when accompanied by an adult holding a Miner’s Right.
Lost your miner’s right?
To obtain a copy of your miner’s right please email the following details to email@example.com.
- Address you lived at when you purchased the miner’s right
- Date of birth
- Miner’s right number (if you have it)
- Where you purchased the miner’s right
Tourist Fossicking Authority
Tourism operators can purchase a Tourist Fossicking Authority (TFA) which allows their customers to search for minerals.
The fossicking authority only applies to the land that you identify in your application. If you are applying for a TFA on private land, you need landholder consent.
A Tourist Fossicking Authority costs $92.50 and is valid for up to 10 years.
Like any trip to the bush, it’s important that fossickers take some precautions when searching for gold and gems. Our fossicking safely page has some helpful information to help keep you safe.
Page last updated: 16 Sep 2022