Minerals Development Act 2017

Application fee for mining licence

64. (1) The Minister may, with the prior consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, make regulations setting the application fees for mining licences, the portion of such fees to accompany an application and the portion to be paid before the mining licence is granted.

(2) Regulations under this section may provide for different application fees to be payable based on the following matters:

(a) the type or category of minerals to be worked;

(b) whether working the minerals will involve the construction of a new processing facility or an increase in the capacity of an existing processing facility;

(c) the level of estimated annual output of minerals from the mine at full production;

(d) whether the application is for—

(i) the first mining licence to be granted on the application of the licensee under a prospecting licence or retention licence,

(ii) the renewal of a mining licence, or

(iii) the extension of a mining licence to minerals, or minerals in or on land, that is in addition to the minerals or land specified in the existing licence.

(3) The Minister, when setting application fees for mining licences in regulations, shall have regard to the administrative costs associated with processing applications, including the costs of determining whether the requirements for making an application have been met.