All exploration and mining activity in New South Wales (NSW) must be conducted under an exploration, assessment or mining title.

Learn about what type of title you need, how to apply for it and your obligations as a miner or producer.

  • Titles Management System

    A key deliverable of the NSW Minerals Strategy, the NSW Government is developing a fit-for-purpose platform for end-to-end management of exploration and mining titles with increased transparency and accountability. When fully deployed, the new Titles Management System will deliver convenient, online access to services provided by the Division.

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  • Mining & exploration in NSW

    Information on the types of titles and the approvals process, schedules of minerals, surveying and drafting directions, exhibition of proposed coal resources allocations, Native Title and the NSW Land and Environment Court. This section includes information on mining for privately owned minerals and fossicking.

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  • Mineral Exploration Minimum Standards

    Holding an authority to explore for minerals in NSW comes with certain rights and responsibilities. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Division of Resources and Geoscience (the Division) expects explorers in NSW to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the sustainable discovery and development of the state’s mineral resources.

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  • Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure

    The Petroleum Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure sets the NSW Government’s framework for determining applications to grant, renew, transfer and assess active petroleum prospecting titles.

    Go to Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure

  • Environmental assessment

    Read about land access and approvals of exploration proposals, mine assessment and rehabilitation, Reviews of Environmental Factors, Environmental Impact Statements), petroleum exploration and production authorities and subsidence management

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  • Titles application forms and fees

    Application forms and fees relating to the Mining Act 1992 and Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991

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  • Current titles status reports, maps & services

    Monthly reports that detail the type of title, the location and size of the title, and the applicant. Details about the status of coal exploration applications and information on titles services and maps.

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  • Opal mining for miners & prospectors

    Learn how to apply for an opal prospecting licence and your responsibilities towards property owners. Read the requirements for obtaining a mineral claim within the Lightning Ridge Mineral Claims District.

    Go to Opals (Lightning Ridge)

For further information
Resource Operations
+61 (0)2 4063 6600
PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
Resource Operations, Mining, Exploration and Geoscience, Department of Regional NSW, PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map
Lightning Ridge Office
+61 (0)2 6820 5200
+61 (0)2 6829 0825
NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Division of Resources and Geoscience, PO Box 314 Lightning Ridge NSW 2834
Lot 60 Morilla Street Lightning Ridge NSW 2834 Map