Have your say on new minerals licence applications

People discussing a minerals licence application

An applicant for a licence must advertise that the application is open for public comment in accordance with the Advertising Guideline. The advertisement contains information about the proposed work, along with details on how members of the public can comment on the application. This information should also be available on the individual’s or entity’ website.

Public input is central to how Earth Resources Regulation administers licence applications under the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990.  We invite public comment on mining, exploration, retention and prospecting licence applications and maintain a list of applications that are currently open for public comment.

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Current licence applications

Application number

Licence type

Company Name


Closing date

EL007138 Exploration Licence Basin Minerals Holdings Pty Ltd 10km west-south-west of the town of Hamilton in Victoria 5 September 2020
EL007218 Exploration Licence Cygnet Resources Pty Ltd, Harcourt in Central Victoria, approximately 4 km north of Castlemaine and extending northwards to the east of Ravenswood to approximately 10 km south of Bendigo. 21 August 2020
EL007235 Exploration Licence Cartwheel Exploration Pty Ltd. 20km east of Horsham, between the townships of Minyip and Rupanyup 21 August 2020
EL007251 Exploration Licence Rosetta Minerals Pty. Ltd. Centre of Exploration Licence is 50.2km northwest of Ballarat, 18km southwest of Maryborough, 12km southeast of Avoca 26 August 2020


Exploration Licence Currawong Resources Pty Ltd Approximately 10km north of Avoca, 17km west of Maryborough 28 August 2020
EL007276 Exploration Licence Petratherm Limited Approx. 7km west of Ballarat, 2km north and 4km west of Creswick and 3km east of Clunes 20 August 2020
EL007280 Exploration Licence Petratherm Limited 5km north of Wedderburn, 3km west of Korong Vale 20 August 2020


Exploration Licence Currawong Resources Pty Ltd Approximately 14km NNE of Erica, 20km west of Glenmaggie 27 August 2020
EL007331 Exploration Licence Torrens Gold Exploration Pty Ltd, Extends northwards from north of Broadford, to the west of Seymour and northwards towards Tabilk. The central part of the application extends westwards south of Puckapunyal and to approximately 6 km east of Heathcote, in Central Victoria 25 August 2020
EL007337 Exploration Licence Torrens Gold Exploration Pty Ltd, Extends northwards from Bylands, to the east of Kilmore and northwards to the west of Broadford in Central Victoria 2 September 2020
EL006608Exploration LicenceCastlemaine Goldfields Pty LtdBurkes Flat, 27km South of Wedderburn, 26km East of St Arnaud2 September 2020

Public commenting

Any person may object or comment on a licence being granted. (Section 24 and 24A, Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990).

A person who objects or comments must:

  1. put the objection or comments in writing; and
  2. include the grounds on which it is made.

All objections or comments must be lodged within 21 days after the latest date on which the application was advertised.  Objections or comments can be lodged online or posted to:

The Minister for Resources
c/ - Manager Licensing
Earth Resources Regulation
GPO Box 2392
Melbourne Victoria 3000

Enquiries can be made by writing to the Manager Licensing at the above address or by phoning the Earth Resources Information Centre on 1300 366 356.

Extractive Industries applications

Public input into extractive industries (i.e. quarrying) applications is conducted via the planning permit process.  Applications can normally be located via ‘Planning Application at Advertising’ webpages on Council websites.

Page last updated: 14 Aug 2020