New mineral industries regulations commence on 1 July 2019. This page is being reviewed and may require updates.
Fossicking is a regulated activity in Victoria and requires a permit known as a miner's right.
Permits are not needed at tourist mines and similar sites that charge a fee for entry.
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 license when accompanied by an adult holding a 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.
Page last updated: 15 Jul 2019