In August 2018, the Governor of NSW declared five Mineral Allocation Areas (MAAs) for Group 1 minerals in NSW – Dubbo, Mundi, Forbes, North Cobar and South Cobar. This declaration prevents the application or granting of Group 1 exploration licences without the consent of the Minister.

The MAAs encompass covered (or partially covered) extensions to known mineralised terranes. The areas have seen limited historical exploration activity.

The MAAs were declared to enable the planned activities in the MinEx CRC to proceed.

The EOI process was developed in consultation with mineral industry representatives and peak bodies.

Round Three – Expression of Interest, MinEx CRC MAAs

On 3 May 2021, the Deputy Premier called on expressions of interest for operators to explore for minerals in the Mineral Allocation Areas in Dubbo, Forbes, Mundi and north and south Cobar.

The expressions of interest process opens on 31 May 2021 and closes on 16 July 2021.

Applicants can lodge an expression of interest application for a term of up to three years. Applicants can submit multiple applications. Successful applicants will be invited to lodge a standard Exploration Licence Application.

Lodging an Expression Of Interest Application

  1. Download and fill out the EOI application form
  2. Download and fill out the work program form
  3. Submit the two completed forms by 5pm 16 July 2021 by email to


Further Information:

To assist applicants the following documents are available:

  1. Guidelines for Expression of Interest applications
  2. Exploration Guideline Work programs for prospecting titles
  3. Mineral prospecting minimum standards

To express interest in participating in the Mineral Allocation Area Round 3 Assessment panel:

Expressions of interest - Assessment Panel

Map of mineral allocation areas

More information

Phone: +61 2 4063 6718