Opal mining – precious stones prospecting permit

A person must be licensed to mine for opals in South Australia.

South Australia has four proclaimed opal fields – Coober Pedy, Mintabie, Stuart Creek and Andamooka. There are also fields on Lambina and Welbourn Hill pastoral stations.

Who should apply

Any person or business intending to mine for opals must first obtain a precious stones prospecting permit.

Before you start

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and be an Australian resident or hold a current working visa.

Individuals need some form of identification for signature, eg a driver's licence or current passport.

Visitors from overseas must have an unlimited working visa.

How to apply

Apply in person at any office of the Mining Registrar:

  • Adelaide
  • Andamooka
  • Coober Pedy
  • Marla.

You will need to pay an application fee and a fee for identification plates.


Permits are issued for one year but can be renewed by the payment of the renewal fee.


The Mining Registrar
101 Grenfell St

GPO Box 1671
Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: 8463 3000
Email: dsd.tenements@sa.gov.au

Coober Pedy office
TAFE Building, Hutchison Street, Coober Pedy
PO Box 475, Coober Pedy SA 5723
Phone: 8672 5800

Lot 247 Government Road, Andamooka
Phone: 8672 7017
Call the Coober Pedy office to check office opening hours. Send all post to Coober Pedy office.

Lot 99 Plover Street, Marla
Phone: 8670 7005
Call the Coober Pedy office to check office opening hours. Send all post to Coober Pedy office.

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