Apply for a mineral title

How to fill in the form

The application for a mineral title must be made by a legal entity such as an individual, company, registered association or other corporate body. It can't be made in the name of a business or family trust.

Each heading below relates to a section of the form and details the information you need to provide.

Particulars of applicant

Provide the full name, address, contact details and Australian Company Number for each person or entity involved.

Particulars of contact

You can nominate another person or corporation to administer your application.

This contact will then receive all correspondence from the department about the application.

This person or entity will have the authority to undertake all legal processes for the application.

You must provide the name and contact details and include a signed authorisation for this person to act on your behalf. You must tell the department if the contact person changes.

Length of term

You can apply for up to the maximum period allowed for each title as follows:

  • mineral exploration licence (EL) - six years
  • exploration licence in retention (ELR) - five years
  • extractive mineral exploration licence (EMEL) - two years
  • mineral authority (MA) - term decided by government
  • mineral lease (ML) - term decided by government
  • extractive mineral permit (EMP) - five years
  • extractive mineral lease (EML) - 10 years.

Read about titles for exploration or mining.

Particulars of area

You must provide details of the area being applied for. Each type of title has a different maximum area as follows:

  • EL - between four and 250 adjoining graticular blocks
  • ELR - all or part of  your existing EL - must be described in hectares
  • EMEL - up to four graticular blocks
  • MA - determined by whether you want to explore for minerals or extractive minerals
  • ML - no limit
  • EMP - 100 hectares
  • EML - 100 hectares.

Read more about how to describe an area for a title application.

Map of application area

You must include a map that clearly indicates the area being applied for, including boundaries of land holdings and geographical features.

It must be on the GDA94 datum and at a scale that clearly shows which graticular blocks you're applying for.

Landowner details

You need to provide the names and addresses of the owner or occupier of each piece of land your application covers.

You can get this information from the land title searches you have conducted on the Northern Territory Land Information System (NTLIS).

For more information, go to the NTLIS website.

If your application covers land that is affected by native title, you may also need to supply details of all native title holders, claimants and their representative bodies.

For a full definition of a landowner, refer to Section 14 of the Mineral Titles Act 2010.

Documents to attach to your application

The following information must be detailed in separate documents and attached to your application, depending on the type of title you are applying for:

  • mineral or extractive mineral being sought, and your exploration rationale - EL, EMEL or EMP only
  • use of extractive mineral - EMP or EML only
  • proposed work program and expenditure for first and second year - EL or EMEL only
  • summary of proposal to develop or use the mineral deposit - ML only
  • details of available plant and equipment for extraction or rehabiliation work - EMP and EML only
  • details of financial resources
  • details of your technical skills and capacity
  • search certificates issued by the Office of the Registrar-General or printouts from ILIS
  • native title agreements held, if relevant
  • proof of identity - for first time applicants only.

Read more about information you will need for your application.


If you're submitting your application by mail, you or your authorised contact must sign the form.

You don't need to sign the form if you're submitting it by email.


To find out how much you must pay, read more about rents, fees and other costs.

You must include the application fee and any advertising costs when submitting your application.

You don't need to include advertising costs when you submit an application for a mineral lease or extractive mineral lease, as you will be sent a request for payment for the actual costs later.

For more information, email

How to pay

You can use any of the following methods to pay your fees:

  • personal cheques or money orders made payable to the Receiver of Territory Monies - they must be attached to the application
  • Visa or MasterCard
  • EFTPOS and cash payments for applications that are lodged in person.

You can't make payment by direct debit for mineral title applications.

You must also use your company name as the reference.

How to submit your application

You can submit your completed application to the department by post, email, fax or in person.

Fees must be paid by credit card for emailed applications. There is no need to post the original documents.

By post, email or fax

Attn: Director of Mineral Titles
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Mineral Titles Division
Level 5 Paspalis Centrepoint building
48-50 Smith Street (Corner of Knuckey Street and Smith Street Mall)
Darwin NT 0800

Fax: 08 8981 7106

In person

Attn: Director of Mineral Titles
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
Mineral Titles division
GPO Box 4550
Darwin NT 0801

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Last updated: 29 September 2020

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