Mineral development licence

A mineral development licence (MDL) is issued so that you can evaluate the development potential of the defined resource. An MDL can be granted if you hold an exploration permit where there is a significant mineral occurrence of possible economic potential.

Permitted activities

The MDL allows you to conduct geoscientific programs (e.g. drilling, seismic surveys), mining feasibility studies, metallurgical testing and marketing, and environmental, engineering and design studies.

Environmental authorities

Before we grant a resource authority you will require the appropriate environmental authority.

Native title

Any native title requirements will need to be addressed before we grant an authority.

Main features of MDLs

Specified mineralAny mineral
Prerequisite authorityExploration permit over the area
DurationUp to 5 years
SizeNo size restriction

See mineral and coal rents

Application feeCoal: {{ pass_35277 }}
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Conditional surrender

In some cases (e.g. to consolidate adjacent authorities), you may conditionally surrender your authority in favour of a new one to include the whole or part of the land. If you apply for a conditional surrender, the existing authority will remain in force until your new application is decided. If your application is successful, the surrender will take effect immediately prior to the grant of the new authority.

How to apply

You can apply online through MyMinesOnline or using a hard-copy form.

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