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Please note in most cases both fossicking and prospecting are covered under the same legislations / regulations.

New South Wales
Fossicking in NSW:
https://www.resourcesregulator.nsw.gov.au/rehabilitation/fossicking-nsw
https://www.resourcesregulator.nsw....s/fossicking-a-guide-to-fossicking-in-nsw.pdf
https://www.resourcesregulator.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/fossicking-in-nsw-poster.pdf
In NSW Private Landholders are indemnified from any action, liability, claim or demand arising from the use of their land by fossickers in most circumstances:
Landholders are indemnified under section 383C of the Mining Act 1992 from any action, liability, claim or demand arising from the use of their land by fossickers in most circumstances. The indemnity does not apply where the landholder has been reckless or has intended to cause harm.

A license to fossick in NSW is not required. For NSW State Forests and NSW Crown Land permits are required.
You can obtain a State Forest Fossicking Permit online or by contacting your nearest Forestry office, the cost of the permit is $27.50 which covers all NSW State Forests unless otherwise stated.
https://www.forestrycorporation.com.au/visit/activities/fossickinghttps://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-permit-fossick-nsw-state-forest
You can obtain NSW Crown Land permits for free by contacting NSW Crown Lands. To apply you will need the locality/s, lot number/s and DP number/s of the block/s of interest. They will then determine if the land is available for fossicking or not and issue permits where applicable. You need to allow for at least a week to go through the process but once granted the permit/s run for 12 months.

General enquiries​

Phone: 1300 886 235 (Australia wide)
Phone: +61 2 9842 8200 (International)
Fax: 02 4925 3517
[email protected]
www.industry.nsw.gov.au/lands

In general prospecting, fossicking and metal detecting is not allowed in NSW National Park areas including State Conservation Areas, Nature Reserves etc. Further information here:
https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/...-and-protected-areas/park-policies/fossicking----

Queensland


A license is required to fossick QLD - You can obtain a Fossicking License either Online or by contacting your nearest District and regional office - A Queensland Fossicking License can be purchased to cover a period of 1 month, 6 months or 1 year with the cost ranging from around $8.80 to $56.25 for an individual.

Fossicking in Queensland (Queensland Government)
https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/areas-facilities/fossicking
Purchase a Fossicking Permit Online (Queensland Government)
https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/activities/areas-facilities/fossicking/licences-permits
http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/qld/consol_act/fa1994123/----

Victoria


A Miners Right is required for Victoria.
https://earthresources.vic.gov.au/licensing-approvals/fossicking


To obtain a Victorian Miners Right - Apply Online. It costs $25.55 for 10 years.
https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/earth-resources
Information from Parks Victoria on fossicking and prospecting in state parks etc.:
https://www.parks.vic.gov.au/things-to-do/fossicking-prospecting
Victorian Crown Land Water Frontage
Crown River frontages: A guide to access and recreational use

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Western Australia


Prospecting in Western Australia (WA Gevernment / Department of Mines & Petroleum)
https://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Minerals/Prospectors-fossickers-1525.aspx
Western Australia Miners Rights (WA Gevernment / Department of Mines & Petroleum)
https://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Minerals/Miners-Rights-2427.aspx
Section 40E permit
https://www.dmp.wa.gov.au/Minerals/Permit-Section-40E-over-granted-2421.aspx----

South Australia


South Australia Fossicking
https://www.energymining.sa.gov.au/industry/minerals-and-mining/exploration/fossicking
FAQ's
https://www.energymining.sa.gov.au/industry/minerals-and-mining/exploration/fossicking#faq
Crown Land and Fossicking SA
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Northern Territory


Fossicking in Northern Territory (Northern Territory Government)
https://fossicking.nt.gov.au/
NT Fossicking Q&A
https://fossicking.nt.gov.au/useful-information/useful-resources
Publications:
https://fossicking.nt.gov.au/useful-information/publications----

Tasmania


Tasmanian Prospecting & Fossicking (Mineral Resources Tasmania)
https://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/prospecting_and_fossicking
Fossicking Areas in Tasmania (Mineral Resources Tasmania)

https://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/prospecting_and_fossicking/fossicking_areas

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