Miners Right

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Victorian Miners Right:

    Finders are now the authorised agency for the issuing of State of Victoria Miners Rights in Dunolly. A Miners Right currently costs $25.00 ( including GST ) for a two year period, there is no discount for either a lesser period of time or for pensioners and all applicants must apply in person.

Miners Right Relevant Information:

    Each State of Australia have their own licence requirements for prospecting and mining activities, the information which is included on this page relates to the State of Victoria only and is not applicable to any other State in Australia.

Miner's Right

Privileges Of Holder:

(1) A Miner's Right entitles the holder to search for minerals on -

a) Private land (other than land covered by a Mining Licence) with the consent of the owner or occupier; or

b) Crown land, other than -

(i) land exempted under Section 6 or 7 of the Act or nominated under Section 7(1) of the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978; and

(ii) land covered by a Mining Licence.

(2) A consent granted under sub-section (1) (a) by an owner or occupier may be

a) granted subject to conditions; and
b) withdrawn at any time by the owner or occupier.

(3) A Miner's Right is current for the time, not exceeding 2 years, specified in the Miner's Right.

Obligations Of Holder:

(1) The holder of a Miner's Right who searches on land under that Right must not -

(a) use any equipment for the purposes of excavation on the land, other than non- mechanical hand tools; or
(b) use explosives on the land; or
(c) remove or damage any tree or shrub on the land; or
(d) disturb any Aboriginal place or Aboriginal object on the land.


(2) The holder of a Miner's Right must repair any damage to the land arising  out of the search.

    The following information is by no means the total privileges or requirements of the holder of a Miners Right but merely intended as a quick guide to some of the most commonly asked questions. More detailed information can be found on the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Web site at (http://www.nre.vic.gov.au/minpet/titles/mcaqomr.htm).

    All adults (18 years and over) who prospect or fossick for gold, gems or other minerals in the state of Victoria need to have an exploration licence, a mining licence or a Miner's Right. Children under supervision of an adult with a Miner's Right do not need to be a holder.
    If the intention is to search for gold gems or minerals a licence is required regardless of method used such as Electronic detecting, Panning, Dowsing, Sluicing, Dry Blowing or Washing etc.
    The original licence (a copy is not acceptable) must be carried by the holder when prospecting or mining and must be produced when requested by an Officer of the
Department of Natural Resources and Environment, anywhere within the State of Victoria, or by an Officer of Land Management on Crown Land.

    The holder of a Miners Right may prospect over an Exploration Lease without the permission of the Licence holder and is not required to notify the Licence holder of any gold finds. Any gold found upon a Exploration Lease remains the property of the Miners Right holder providing only hand tools were used for recovery.

    The holder of a Miners Right may also prospect over an application for a Mining Licence. However once a Miners Right Claim or Mining Licence has been granted, permission must be then obtained from the Title Holder to prospect over or remove any minerals from the claim or licenced area.

    A Miners Right holder may use motorised equipment to process gravel that has been excavated using hand held equipment and is loaded into the processing equipment by hand and provided no significant land disturbance is caused by the process.

The holder of a Miners Right has the right to prospect or pan in designated Victorian river beds.

According to information provided to Finders by DNRE which was current at the 4th. of January 1999, Mining and Prospecting activities are not allowed in the following Rivers, Rivulets, Creeks, Channels, Aqueducts, Lakes, Reservoirs, Swamps, Inlets, Loughs and Straits.

The Order in Council, dated 23rd May 1881 (Gazette 27th May 1881, page 1389).

Aberfeldy River (Tributary of Thomson River)
Acheron River (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Agnes River
Aire River
Albacutya Lake
Albert River
Anderson's Inlet
Anderson's or Mackenzie Creek (Tributary of Wallaloo Creek)
Avoca River and branches
Avon River (in County of Tanjil Tributary of Lake Wellington)
Avon River (In County of Kara Kara)
Avon Creek (In County of Kara Kara, Tributary of Avon River)
Axe Creek (Tributary of Campaspe River)
Back or Boosey Creek (Tributary of Broken Creek)
Bael Bael Lake
Baillie's Creek (Tributary of Mount Emu Creek)
Barham River (see Burrum Burrum)
Barkly River (Tributary of Macalister River)
Barr Creek (Effluent of Gunbower Creek)
Barwidgee Creek (see Myrtle)
Barwon River
Bass River Belfast Lough and channel
Bemm River
Benambra Creek (Tributary of Morass Creek)
Bendigo Creek (Tributary of Piccaninny Creek)
Bet Bet Creek (Tributary of Loddon River)
Big River (In County of Bogong, (Tributary of Mitta Mitta River)
Big River (In County of Wonnangatta (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Black River (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Black Dog Creek (see Doma Munji)
Boggy Creek
Bolangum Creek (Tributary of Avon River in County of Kara Kara)
Boort Lake and Channel
Boosey Creek (see Back Creek)
Box Creek (Tributary of Pyramid Creek)
Bream Creek (see Thompson's)
Briggs Creek (Tributary of Mount William Creek)
Broken River (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Broken Creek (Tributary of River Murray)
Brucknell Creek (Tributary of Hopkins River)
Buchan River (Tributary of Snowy River)
Buckland River (Tributary of Ovens River)
Buffalo River (Tributary of Ovens River)
Bullabul Creek (Tributary of Loddon River)
Bullarook Creek (Tributary of Tullaroop or Deep Creek)
Bullock Creek (Tributary of Pyramid Creek)
Bundarra River (Tributary of Big River in County of Bogong)
Buneep or Bunyip River
Bunga Lake and Islands (in County of Tanjil)
Bungalally Creek (Tributary of Bet Bet Creek)
Bunyip Creek (see Buneep)
Burn Bank Creek
Burnt Creek (Tributary of Bet Bet Creek in County of Gladstone)
Burnt Creek (Tributary of Wimmera River)
Burrowye Creek (Tributary of River Murray)
Burrum Burrum or Barham River
Calder River (Tributary of Calder Lake)
Calder Lake and channel
Campaspe River (Tributary of River Murray)
Campbell's Creek (see Carapooee)
Cann River (Tributary of Lake Furnell)
Caralulup Creek (Tributary of Bet Bet Creek)
Carapooee or Campbell's Creek (Tributary of Avoca River)
Cardinia Creek
Carrum Swamp Channels
Castle Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Cobungra Creek (Tributary of Big River in County of Bogong)
Coimadai Creek (Tributary of Werribee River)
Coliban River (Tributary of Campaspe River)
Coliban, Little, River (Tributary of Coliban River)
Concongella Creek (Tributary of Wimmera River)
Condah Lake
Connewarre Lake and channel
Cooper Lake
Coorong (see Corong) Lake
Cooyatong or Koetong Creek (Tributary of River Murray
Cornella (Tributary of Lake Cooper)
Corong or Coorong Lake
Corryong or Jeremal or Nariel Creek (Tributary of River Murray)
Crawford River (Tributary of Glenelg River)
Creswick Creek (Tributary of Tullaroop or Deep Creek)
Crooked River (Tributary of Wongungarra River)
Cudgewa Creek (Tributary of River Murray)
Curdie's River
Curdie's Inlet
Dabyminga Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Daisy Hill Creek (Tributary of Mount Greenock Creek)
Dandenong Creek
Dargo River (Tributary of Mitchell River)
Darlot's Creek
Deddick or Jingallala River (Tributary of Snowy River)
Deegay Ponds Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Deep Creek (see Tullaroop)
Delatite River (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Denison Lake and channel
Djerriwarrh Creek (Tributary of Werribee River)
Doctor's Creek (Tributary of Bet Bet Creek)
Doma Mungi or Black Dog Creek (Tributary of River Murray)
Donnelly's Creek (Tributary of Aberfeldy River)
Duck Ponds Creek
Dunmunkle Creek (Effluent of Wimmera River)
Emu Creek (Tributary of Axe Creek)
Erskine River
Eumeralla River
Fenton's Creek (Tributary of Avoca River)
Fifteen-mile Creek (Tributary of Ovens River)
Fitzroy River
Forest or Mannering Creek (Tributary of Campaspe River)
Franklin River
Fulton's Creek (Tributary of Aberfeldy River)
Furnell Lake and channel
Fyans or Mount Fyans Creek (Tributary of Mount William Creek)
Gaffney's Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Gellibrand River
Genoe River
Gibbo Creek (Tributary of Mitta Mitta River)
Glenelg River
Glengower Creek (see Joyce's)
Glenpatrick Creek (Tributary of Wimmera River)
Gobur or Godfrey's Creek (Tributary of Home Creek)
Godfrey's (see Gobur) Creek
Goulburn River (Tributary of River Murray)
Heifer Station Creek (Tributary of Wimmera River
Hindmarsh Lake
Hodgson's Creek (Tributary of Ovens River)
Holland's Creek (Tributary of Broken River)
Home Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Honeysuckle Creek (see Voilet Ponds)
Hopkins River
Howqua River (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Hughes Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Hurdle Creek (Tributary of King River)
Indigo Creek (Tributary of River Murray)
Jack Rivulet (Tributary of Albert River)
Jamieson River (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Jeremal (see Corryong) Creek
Jerusalem Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Jim Crow Creek (Tributary of Loddon River)
Jingallala or Deddick River (Tributary of Snowy River)
Jones or Waanyarra Creek (Tributary of Loddon River)
Joyce's or Glengower Creek (Tributary of Loddon River)
Kanannook Creek
Kangaroo Creek (Tributary of Malmsbury River)
Kangderaar Creek (Tributary of Bullabul Creek)
Kelfeera Creek (see Kilfera)
Kiewa River (Tributary of River Murray)
Kilfera or Kelfeera Creek (Tributary of Holland's Creek)
King Lake and islands
King River (Tributary of Ovens River)
King Parrot Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Kinypanyal or Kinypanial Creek (Effluent of Loddon River)
Koetong or Cooyatong Creek (Tributary of River Murray)
Koo-wee-rup Drainage channels
Koo-wee-rup Swamp
Korjamunip Creek (Tributary of Werribee River)
Korkuperimul Creek (Tributary of Werribee River)
Korweinguboora Creek (Tributary of Korjamunip Creek)
Kow Swamp
Lalbert Lake
Lalbert Creek (Effluent of Avoca River)
Landsborough Creek
Lang Lang River
La Trobe River (Tributary of Lake Wellington)
Lerderderg Reservoir
Lerderderg River (Tributary of Werribee River)
Lexington Creek
Little River (In County of Grant)
Little Coliban River (Tributary of Coliban River)
Little Wimmera River (see Mount William Creek)
Livingstone Creek (Tributary of Mitta Mitta River)
Lockhart's Creek (Tributary of Sandy Creek, in County of Bogong)
Loddon River (Tributary of Little Murray River)
Lonsdale Lake
Lyndger Lake and channel
Macalister River (Tributary of Thomson River)
Maclennan's Straits
Mackenzie (see Anderson's) Creek
Mackenzie (see McKenzie) River
Magorra Creek or West Branch of Snowy Creek (Tributary of Snowy Creek)
Mallacoota Inlet and; arms and Islands
Malmsbury Reservoir
Mannering or Forest Creek (Tributary of Campaspe River)
McCallum's Creek (see Mount Greenock)
McIvor or Mt Ida Creek (Tributary of Campaspe River)
McKenzie (or Mackenzie) River and to Norton Creek (Tributary of Wimmera
Meadow Creek (Tributary of King River)
Merri River
Merrima's Creek (Tributary of Lake Denison)
Merton Creek (Tributary of Delatite River)
Middle Creek (Tributary of Kiewa River)
Middle Creek (Tributary of Joyce's Creek)
Mitchell River (Tributary of Lake King)
Mitta Mitta River (Tributary of River Murray)
Moe River (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Mollison's Creek (Tributary of Sugarload Creek)
Moondarra or Tanjil River (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Moorarbool River (Tributary of Barwon River)
Morass (see Murphy) Creek
Mordialloc Creek
Morse's Creek (Tributary of Ovens River)
Morwell River (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Mountain Creek (Tributary of Avoca River)
Mount Cole Creek (Tributary of Wimmera River)
Mount Emu Creek (Tributary of Hopkins River)
Mount Fyans or Fyans Creek (Tributary of Mount William Creek)
Mount Greenock or McCallum's Creek (Tributary of Tullaroop or Deep Creek)
Mount Hope Creek (Tributary of Kow Swamp)
Mount Ida or McIvor Creek (Tributary of Campaspe River)
Mt William or Little Wimmera River (Tributary of Wimmera River)
Moyne River and Swamp channel
Muddy (see Yea River) Creek
Murphy or Morass Creek (Tributary of Gibbo Creek)
Murrabit River (Tributary of Loddon River)
Murray River and ana-branches
Murrindal River (Tributary of Buchan River)
Myrniong Creek (Tributary of Werribee River)
Myrtle or Barwidgee Creek (Tributary of Ovens River)
Myrtle Creek (Tributary of Coliban River)
Nariel Creek (see Corryong)
Narracan Creek (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Niagara or Snobs Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Nicholson River (Tributary of Lake King)
Norton Creek and aqueduct from Mackenzie River (Tributary of Wimmera
Outlet Creek from Lake Hindmarsh and from Lake Albacutya
Ovens River (Tributary of River Murray)
Parker River
Parwan Creek (Tributary of Werribee River)
Piccaninny Creek (Tributary of Mount Hope Creek)
Pohlman's Creek (Tributary of Wild Duck Creek)
Porbenurrock Swamp Drainage channel
Purrumbete Lake
Pyramid Creek (Tributary of Loddon River)
Reedy Creek (Tributary of Ovens River)
Reeve Lake and islands
Reeves River and islands
Richardson River (Tributary of Avon River. In County of Kara Kara)
Richardson Creek (Tributary of Richardson River)
Rubicon River (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Running or Black Range Creek (Tributary of King River)
Sandy Creek (Tributary of Avon River. In County of Kara Kara)
Serpentine Creek (Effluent of Loddon River)
Seven Creeks (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Seven-mile Creek (Tributary of Wimmera River)
Shaw River
Six-mile Creek (Tributary of Wimmera River)
Snobs (see Niagara) Creek
Snowy River
Spring Creek
Spring Hill Creek (Tributary of Mount Emu Creek)
Steavenson River (Tributary of Acheron River)
Stockyard Creek
Stokes River (Tributary of Glenelg River)
Strathfillan Creek (Tributary of Carapooee Creek)
Stringer's Creek (Tributary of Thomson River)
Sunday Creek (Tributary of Goulburn River)
Surry River
Swede's Creek (Tributary of Richardson River)
Sydenham Inlet
Tallandoon Creek
Tallangatta Creek (Tributary of Mitta Mitta River)
Tambo River (Tributary of Lake King)
Tamboon Inlet
Tanjil River (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Tarago River (Tributary of Bunyip River)
Tarra River
Tarwin River
Thomson River (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Thompson's or Bream Creek (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Thowgla Creek (Tributary of Corryong Creek)
Timbarra River (Tributary of Tambo River)
Timor Creek (Tributary of Bet Bet Creek)
Toolern Toolern Creek (Tributary of Werribee River)
Toomuc Creek
Tooginbooka River (Tributary of Snowy River)
Traralgon Creek (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Trawalla Creek (Tributary of Mount Emu Creek)
Tullaroop or Deep Creek (Tributary of Loddon River)
Tyers River (Tributary of La Trobe River)
Tyers Lake and arms and outlet to Ninety-mile Beach
Tyrell Creek (Effluent of Avoca River)
Tyrell Lake
Victoria Lake and islands
Victoria River (Tributary of Cobungra Creek)
Violet Ponds or Honeysuckle Creek (Tributary of Seven Creeks)
Waanyarra Creek (see Jones)
Wabba Creek (Tributary of Cudgewa Creek)
Wallaloo Creek (Tributary of Richardson River)
Wannon River (Tributary of Glenelg River)
Wellington Lake
Wentworth River (Tributary of Mitchell River)
Werribee River
Wild Duck Creek (Tributary of McIvor Creek)
Wimmera River and branches
Wingan Inlet
Wingan River
Wombat Creek (Tributary of Jim Crow Creek)
Wongungarra River (Tributary of Wonnangatta River)
Wonnangatta River (Tributary of Mitchell River)
Yackandandah Creek (Tributary of Kiewa River)
Yallock Creek
Yambuk Lake and channel to the sea
Yarra River
Yarriambiack Creek (Effluent of Wimmera River)
Yarrowee River (Tributary of Barwon River)
Yea River (formerly Muddy Creek) (Tributary of Goulburn River


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