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Temporary relief package and recovery measures for the exploration sector

In response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Queensland Government has provided a range of measures to support eligible exploration companies.

The assistance measures include:

  • a rent waiver for holders of an exploration permit or authority to prospect whose rent is payable within 1 April to 30 September 2020
  • the removal of application fee for special variations of authority to prospect work programs
  • capping of all other fees and charges under the resource Acts at 2019–20 rates
  • recognition that COVID-19 is an exceptional event that may require explorers to vary work programs and/or relinquishment conditions.

We have also fast-tracked a number of industry development initiatives, including:

An additional $10 million over 4 years will extend and expand the existing Collaborative Exploration Initiative to help explorers discover new economy minerals and support future jobs in Queensland's resources sector.

Due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19 to the resources sector, some temporary relief measures have been extended, and are available to eligible exploration companies.

Further details about the assistance measures are available below.

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Exploration rent waiver – extended

The waiver applying to all exploration permit (EP) and authority to prospect (ATP) rents that were payable within 1 April to 30 September 2020, has been extended to 31 March 2021.

Exploration companies who are deemed to be eligible to receive rent waivers will be contacted directly by the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Variations and amendments to work programs

The COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions are recognised as an exceptional event that may allow exploration companies to amend or vary work programs and/or relinquishment conditions.

The waiver of the special amendment application fee for an ATP has been extended to 31 March 2021.

You can apply using a streamlined application form COVID-19 Variation to permit conditions of an exploration permit (PDF, 100KB). There is no fee.

More information on eligibility and examples of changes are available in these policies:

Further information

For more information about rent waivers and variations to permit conditions, contact your Mines Assessment Hub.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support: 1300 654 687

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