Apply for a prospecting licence

New mineral industries regulations commence on 1 July 2019. This page is being reviewed and may require updates.

Prospecting licences allow prospectors and small-scale miners to explore or mine in an area less than five hectares.

They can be issued to individuals or corporations.

The licence provides the holder with the right to apply for a mining or retention licence if they identify a mineral resource.

Prospecting licences are granted for up to five years, and are not renewable.

Detailed information on what you need to include in your application is available in the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Interim Regulations 2018:

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The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) regulates minerals exploration in Victoria. DJPR's licence application process is outlined below.

  1. Applicant submits the application including all compulsory information and pays the fee.
  2. Applicant supplies extra information if requested.
  3. DPJR accepts and ranks application and advises applicant.
  4. Applicant advertises licence application in local and statewide papers within 14 days of knowing the priority.
  5. Objections may be lodged within 21 days of advertisements.
  6. Address any Native Title requirements*
  7. DPJR assesses application and objections. Applicant may be asked for additional information.
  8. DJPR makes recommendation to grant or refuse the licence.
  9. Minister (or delegate) grants or refuses the licence.
  10. If granted, license is registered.
  11. Applicant and objectors told if licence is granted or refused.

*If the application includes Crown land, you may need to settle an Indigenous Land Use Agreement or Traditional Owner Settlement Act (TOSA) Land Use Agreement.

View our step-by-step guide to completing the prospecting licence application form.

Before work can start you will need to:

  • have an approved work plan (required for any activities that are not low impact exploration - for more information, please contact the assessments team)
  • give seven days' notice to the chief inspector and owner/occupier of land
  • a rehabilitation bond
  • the necessary consents (including low impact exploration and ministerial consent if exploring on restricted Crown land)
  • public liability insurance
  • owner/occupier consent.

*If the application includes Crown land, you may need to settle an Indigenous Land Use Agreement or Traditional Owner Settlement Act (TOSA) Land Use Agreement.

Submit your application online

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

Login to RRAM

If you are unsure of your RRAM login details, contact RRAM support.

If you are unable to access RRAM you can download the relevant form from the licence forms page.

Page last updated: 09 Jul 2019