Content in this section is pending review following the staged repeal of legislation process. References to clauses in regulations may not be up to date.

DRE is progressively updating all policies, forms, templates and guidelines to reflect the new clause numbers in the remade Mining Regulation, Petroleum Onshore Regulation and Petroleum Offshore Regulation. For a comprehensive list of the changes go to the Staged repeal of legislation External link web page.

  • Code of Conduct

    The Code of Conduct has been drawn up specifically in the interests  of the miners and the Western Lands Lessees involved in and affected by the opal mining industry at Lightning Ridge and surrounding district.

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  • Opal prospecting

    Mineral exploration for opals is termed prospecting, conducted under an Opal Prospecting Licence or Mineral Claim.

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  • Mineral Claims

    Mineral claims within the Lightning Ridge Mineral Claims District are processed by the department's Lightning Ridge Office.

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  • Lightning Ridge fees & charges

    In accordance with Schedule 10 of the Mining Regulation 2016, lodgement fees are payable.

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  • Lightning Ridge Voluntary Surrender Scheme

    Read about the Scheme which gave leaseholders within Opal Prospecting Areas 1, 2 and 3 an opportunity to express interest in surrendering lots heavily affected by opal mining.

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  • Mining courses

    Before being able to hold a mineral claim, the Safety Awareness Course must be completed.

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  • Maps, reports & records

    Records are available from the Lightning Ridge Office, for inspection, free of charge, by members of the public during office hours.

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