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.

Who should apply

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

Before you begin

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 and Mintabie.

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
Level 4, 11 Waymouth Street

GPO Box 320
Adelaide SA 5001

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

Coober Pedy

TAFE Building, Hutchison Street
Coober Pedy

PO Box 475
Coober Pedy SA 5723

Phone: 8672 5800


Andamooka Post Office
275 Opal Creek Blvd

Phone: 8670 5000

Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Marla and Mintabie

Mintabie Telecentre (Mines Department)
Main Street

Phone: 8670 5000

Hours: Mon to Fri 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

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