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).
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: 22 May 2019