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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.

  • 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.

    Go to Mining and exploration in NSW

  • Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure

    Released in May 2015, the Minimum Standards and Merit Assessment Procedure sets the NSW Government's framework for determining applications to grant, renew,transfer and assess active 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

    Go to Environmental assessment

  • 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.

    Go to Current titles status reports, maps & services

  • 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 Opals (Lightning Ridge)

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Titles Unit
Phone:
+61 (0)2 4931 6512 (coal) or +61 (0)2 4931 6500 (minerals)
Fax:
+61 (0)2 4931 6776 (attn: Titles Unit)
webcoal.titles@trade.nsw.gov.au
webmineral.titles@trade.nsw.gov.au
Postal:
Titles Unit, NSW Department of Industry, Resources & Energy, PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
Office:
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map
Environmental Sustainability Unit
Phone:
+61 (0)2 4931 6590
Fax:
+61 (0)2 4931 6790 (attn: Environmental Sustainability Unit)
minres.environment@trade.nsw.gov.au
Postal:
Environmental Sustainability Unit, NSW Department of Industry, Resources & Energy Division, PO Box 344 Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
Office:
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map
Lightning Ridge Office
Phone:
+61 (0)2 6829 9200
Fax:
+61 (0)2 6829 0825
LightningRidge.Office@trade.nsw.gov.au
Postal:
NSW Department of Industry, Division of Resources & Energy, PO Box 314 Lightning Ridge NSW 2834
Office:
3 Morilla Street Lightning Ridge NSW 2834 Map