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Victoria's Earth Resources

About ERD Landing Page imageVictoria's mineral, petroleum, extractive and geothermal industries are managed by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR). To ensure sustainability, DEDJTR regulates the industries, promotes the development of the state's earth resources, maintains the earth resources database and provides scientific and strategic policy advice to government.

DEDJTR also provides licensing, monitors environmental standards and supports significant projects.

Earth Resources Information Centre

The Earth Resources Information Centre is located on Level 17, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne. Staff are able to:

  • Answer general inquiries about mining and exploration in Victoria
  • Accept lodgement of applications for mineral licences and renewals

The Information Centre is open Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm (excluding public holidays), or telephone 1300 366 356.

A broad range of geological information pertaining to Victoria is available through the Earth Resources Online store, including statewide geological maps, reports and other digital information. In addition, GeoVic, an online mapping system, can be used to find open file company exploration reports and to access geological maps and mine plans.

Individuals seeking to participate in recreational prospecting and fossicking must purchase a Miner's Right, which is valid for 10 years. Further information is available at the Miner's Rights for Recreational Prospecting and Fossicking page.

Publications on the history of gold mining in Victoria can be found at the following locations: