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The Department of Mines and Petroleum administers exploration and mining titles in Western Australia. The process for applying for an exploration licence is outlined in the tenement granting process flowchart. Further information is available in the mineral titles approvals process section.
A Gantt chart is available to assist companies undertaking uranium exploration and mining, but it can be used for most other mineral commodities.
Prospecting and exploration licences
Detailed information is available in the prospecting and exploration licences section.
The Department of Mines and Petroleum has recently launched the Six Golden Rules for Prospecting campaign to inform the general public about prospecting laws in Western Australia.
Programme of works
When a company or prospector wants to explore for minerals in Western Australia, they are required by the Mining Act 1978 to complete and submit a programme of works (PoW) application.