Mineral exploration licences are granted by the NSW government as the owner of the minerals, rock and coal. Mining is not allowed under an exploration licence.
All explorers must have a written land access agreement with the landowner before they can enter a property and carry out any exploration. By agreement between the NSW Government, the NSW Minerals Council and the NSW Farmers a modern standard template for land access is available. For the most up to date information about land access in NSW, please visit the link below from NSW Mining: