Lightning Ridge Mineral Claims District
Code of Conduct
Prospectors and miners planning activities should review the Code of Conduct for landholders, opal miners and prospectors [62KB]. The code is aimed at anyone involved in, or affected by, the opal mining industry at Lightning Ridge and the surrounding district.
Geology of the area
Apply for a mineral claim
To start mining for opal, you need to apply for a mineral claim. Approximately 1,500 mineral claims are processed by the Division of Resources and Energy Lightning Ridge Office every year. Find out how to apply for, renew, transfer or cancel a claim in the Mineral Claims section. You will need to pay a fee and submit the correct form.
Ensure your safety and awareness in the field by undertaking mining courses on safety, the environment and operating a mine.
You may also be interested in:
- Mining Amendment (Small-Scale Title Compensation) Bill 2014: On 18 September Minister Roberts announced new laws to improve mining relations between landholders and opal miners. For more information read the media release.
- Lightning Ridge Opal Mining Report: Recommendations from the review conducted by Murray Wilcox AO QC and the NSW Government's response can be seen in the Lightning Ridge Opal Mining Report.