Apply for a prospecting right

About applying for a prospecting right

If you want to apply for a prospecting right you must lodge the application online by visiting the website of the Department of Mineral Resources:

A prospecting right is a permit which allows you or your company to survey or investigate an area of land for the purpose of identifying an actual or probable mineral deposit.

A prospecting right is valid for five years, after the expiry of the five years you may request renewal of the prospecting right for a period of no longer than three years.

The prospecting right will be granted if the following requirements are met:
  • you:
  • no other person holds a prospecting right, mining right, mining permit or retention permit for the same mineral and land
  • no unacceptable pollution or damage to the environment will occur as a result of the prospecting operation. 

What you should do

  1. Apply online.
  2. Pay the required, non-refundable application fee online.  
  3. If the system accepts your application, you will be requested to submit an environmental management plan and to consult with the landowner, legal occupier of the land or any other affected party.
  4. Submit the outcome of the consultations to the regional manager within 30 days.
  5. If all the requirements have been met, the regional manager will submit the application to the Minister for consideration.

How much does it cost

The cost will be determined according to the mineral that you intend to mine.


Forms to complete

Applications should be submitted online.

Last modified
06 Feb 2014