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Fossicking rules and responsibilities

Fossicking is a regulated activity in Queensland and requires a fossicking licence.

This licence allows you to search for and collect fossicking materials for recreational, tourist and educational purposes only.

This guide explains what tools you are allowed to use and where you can fossick. It also explains your responsibilities under fossicking legislation in regards to safety, hygiene and behaviour.

If you have any questions about fossicking, contact the local mining office.

You can receive an on-the-spot fine or be prosecuted if you breach the provisions of your fossicking licence.

Fossicking rules and responsibilities Guide

In this guide:

  1. Personal protection and safety
  2. Where you can fossick
  3. Responsibilities of fossickers
  4. Permitted activities and materials