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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.


Contact one of our mining offices for any fossicking enquiry.

Fossicking rules and licences

A fossicking licence is required in Queensland. Make sure you follow the fossicking rules and observe the basic principles of safe fossicking.

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Last reviewed
17 August 2016
Last updated
5 May 2014
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