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Key info

  • Prospecting in Tasmania is a leisure activity where you collect samples of natural minerals with a hand-held instrument.
  • A prospecting licence allows you to explore for minerals to a depth of less than 2 metres below ground.
  • A prospecting licence is valid for 5 years.

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    About applying for a prospecting licence

    You can go prospecting on various types of land around Tasmania. In some circumstances you need the landowners' permission to prospect on their land.

    Mineral Resources Tasmania provide an interactive map showing where you can go prospecting in Tasmania.

    How to apply

    If you are applying by email or post, you must call (03) 6165 4800 first to pay the fee.

    Service CentreEmailPost
    Find your nearest Service Centreinfo@mrt.tas.gov.auPO Box 672
    Burnie, TAS 7320

    You can also apply in-person at the MRT Burnie or Hobart Office.

    What you need to apply

    You need to:

    Can I apply?

    Anyone over the age of 18 can apply.

    If you are under 18, you can only go prospecting if you are with an adult who holds a prospecting licence.

    Proving your identity

    You do not need to prove your identity.

    How much it costs


    Mining lease


    Mining lease renewal


    Retention licence


    Exploration licence


    Prospecting licence


    Fees and charges last updated 1 July, 2022.

    Payment options

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    More Information

    • There are 21 conditions (PDF, 172KB) relating to prospecting licences.

    Please visit Mineral Resources Tasmania for more information on applying for a prospecting licence.