Minerals Development Act 2017

Competition for certain licences

19. (1) The Minister may invite applications for a new prospecting licence over land specified in a prospecting licence or retention licence that—

(a) has expired and not been renewed,

(b) has been revoked in accordance with section 43 ,

(c) has terminated in accordance with section 44 , or

(d) has been surrendered in accordance with section 45 .

(2) An invitation under subsection (1) shall—

(a) be published in at least one national newspaper,

(b) identify the prospecting licence or retention licence that has expired, been revoked, terminated or been surrendered, and

(c) state that an application for a licence over the land specified in the licence may be submitted to the Minister within a period determined by the Minister specified in the invitation.