Renew or vary a retention licence

A retention licence is an optional licence between the exploration and mining stages. It give the licensee (licence holder) security without needing a mining licence. The information below describes how to renew or vary your retention licence.

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Retention licences are valid for up to 10 years and can be renewed twice.

You need to apply for a retention licence renewal before the licence expires and pay the renewal fee. The licence continues until the renewal is granted and registered; or refused.

Your application needs to include the geological rationale for the work program; and should be focused on target testing and the resource area.

Detailed information on what you need to include in your application is available in the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019.

To transfer a licence you need to submit a licence transfer form (WORD - 91.9 KB) .

  1. Download the licence transfer form.
  2. Fill in the form.
  3. Print the form.
  4. Sign the form.
  5. Scan or take a clear photo of the completed form.
  6. Login to Resource Rights Allocation and Management (RRAM) portal and submit the form as an attachment.

To surrender a licence please send us the following information:

  • Licence number
  • Reason for surrender
  • Signatures of all licencees.

If the licence is held by a company, please submit your request using an official company email or letterhead.

Send your surrender request to

Submit your application online

You can submit and manage most minerals licence or work authority applications and variations online using our Resources Rights Allocation and Management (RRAM) portal.

Login to RRAM

If you are unsure of your RRAM login details, contact RRAM support.

If you are unable to access RRAM you can download the relevant form from the licence forms page.

Page last updated: 12 Apr 2024