Minerals and Petroleum titles
All exploration and mining activity in NSW (with the exception of Private Mining Agreements until 15 November 2011) must be conducted on a mining or exploration title. These titles provide the control mechanism for government by stipulating operating and environmental conditions. They also give proponents and title holders exclusive rights to explore and mine for minerals.
Most titles are issued under the following legislation, which cover onshore areas of NSW:
- The Mining Act 1992
- The Petroleum (Onshore Act) 1991
Offshore titles to up to three nautical miles from the coast are issued under:
- Offshore Minerals Act 1999
- Petroleum (Offshore ) Act 1982
Offshore titles beyond three nautical miles from the coast are issued under Commonwealth legislation, which is administered jointly by NSW and the Commonwealth Government. These Acts and Regulations can be found on the Parliamentary Counsel's Office webpage www.legislation.nsw.gov.au.
Types of mining and exploration title
- Exploration Licence
- Assessment Lease
- Mining Lease
- Mineral Claim
- Opal Prospecting Licence
- Petroleum Special Prospecting Authorities
- Petroleum Exploration Licences
- Petroleum Assessment Leases
- Petroleum Production Leases
The Mining Regulation 2010 prescribes at Schedules 1 and 2, what are “minerals” and “groups of minerals” for the purposes of their definition in the Mining Act 1992. These Schedules are set out below:
Information about applications and titles
Records of Exploration Licences, Assessment Leases, Mining Leases and applications, as well as all petroleum titles, are kept at the Department's Maitland office. Information about Mineral Claims and Opal Prospecting Licences are kept at the Lightning Ridge office. Details of titles administered by the Department (other than those situated at Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs) including applications and location maps can be obtained from the Department's computerised Title Administration System (TAS). TAS can currently be accessed at the Department's offices in Maitland, Orange, Singleton and Wollongong.
Where can I go for more information?
If you require the services of a Mining Agent to assist you to prepare an exploration or mining application, please refer to the section in the yellow pages entitled “Mineral Exploration”.
For more information contact Titles Branch:
- Coal Matters: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other Mineral Matters: email@example.com