Fossicking licence types
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There are 5 different licence types available for purchase:
- Family – This licence is for the licensee holder and their family, including:
- the licensee’s spouse
- child, or a student under 23, living with the licensee as a member of their household.
- Club – An entity is a club if, under its constitution, it is established for the educational, scientific or recreational study of minerals, rocks or natural history, even though it may also be established for a different purpose. For example, a gem or lapidary club. If you are a member of a club, it is possible that your club has already arranged a licence which applies to you. A member of a club means an individual who is a member of a club in any capacity.
- Educational organisation – This includes any of the following:
- a school, college or registered higher education provider
- a museum
- a government department involved in supplying educational services.
- Commercial tour operator – This means a person who conducts, offers to conduct, agrees to conduct, or arranges for someone else to conduct, a commercial tour. Licences for commercial tour operators do not authorise fossicking for fossil specimens.
Licences for clubs, educational organisations and commercial tour operators authorise fossicking for a maximum of 50 people at any one time and place.