Land access agreements for exploration

Mineral title: grant of tenure

When you apply for any mineral title you must tell each landowner affected by the application within 14 days of submitting the application to the department.

If you're applying for an exploration licence over pastoral land, you must also tell the manager of the pastoral property.

You can use the landowner/land manager notice form below or write your own letter to the landowner and land manager.

Get the form:

Landowner/land manager notice form DOCX (64.6 KB)

Landowner/land manager notice form PDF (698.7 KB).

How to use the landowner notice form

The form is in two parts - one for landowners and one for land managers.

Notify landowners

You must fill in section A and send the form, along with the proposed work program and map, to every landowner affected by the form.

Notify land managers

Fill in Section B to notify the land manager when you're applying for an exploration licence over pastoral land.

Email it to and they will forward the form to the land manager for you.

You should also copy (this will prove that you have attempted to make contact with the land manager).

Land owner or manager acknowledgement

The landowner or manager is asked to sign the acknowledgement section of the form and return it to you within 14 days, but they're not obliged to do so.

You must post or email any acknowledgements you receive to the department as proof that you have begun the required land access consultation process:

Mineral Division
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
GPO Box 4550
Darwin NT 0801

If the landowner or land manager doesn't respond, it does not hold up the processing of your form.

Objection period

This notice to the landowner does not start the process to object or make a submission about the form.

Read more about objections and submissions.

Get the flow diagram for pastoralist / land manager stakeholder engagement - land access - tenure grant PDF (588.9 KB).

After a title has been granted

Once an exploration licence has been granted, there are two levels of activity which can be undertaken:

There are different rules about notifying and consulting with landowners and land managers depending on which kind of activity is planned.

Read more about non-intrusive activity consultation requirements or substantial disturbance consultation requirements.

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Last updated: 28 September 2020

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