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.

Exploration licence applications for other minerals are not affected. 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. They will be extinguished when MinEx CRC activities in the areas are completed.

Exploration for Group 1 minerals in the declared MAAs

The NSW Government has created an expression of interest (EOI) process to allow explorers to access the MAAs while the MinEx CRC activities are underway.

The process was developed in consultation with mineral industry representatives and peak bodies and EOIs will be sought every two years until 2027. Additional EOI application periods may be offered to coincide with events such as data releases in the MAAs.

The second EOI period is open until 5 pm AEST on 26 June 2020.

Explorers can lodge an EOI application that will be reviewed by an expert assessment panel. The panel will make a recommendation to the Minister’s delegate.

If consent to apply is granted, the applicant will be invited to lodge a standard Exploration Licence Application (ELA).

Applicants can lodge an EOI application for a term of up to three years.

Applicants can submit multiple applications.

The work program form must be used for EOI applications. A guideline is available to provide additional information to assist explorers complete the application. It also outlines the application process and requirements.

Existing exploration licences in the MAAs

Reporting and renewal requirements for existing mineral titles in the MAAs are unaffected.

More information

Phone: +61 2 4063 6718

Related Documents

Guidelines for Expression of Interest applications

Expression of Interest application form for consent to lodge an Exploration Licence