Section 7 exemptions

Under Section 7 of the Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) Act 1990, the Minister may grant an exemption to prevent a licence from being issued within a certain land area. An exemption can be granted for any reason the Minister deems necessary as outlined in the Act.

Areas that currently have exemptions under Section 7 of the Act can be viewed at GeoVic.

How to view current exemptions

To view all current exemptions in Victoria, go to GeoVic:

  1. Click on the 'Add Layers' button to open the layer menu.

    Screenshot of Geovic highlighting the location of the 'Add layers' button.

  2. Once the layers menu is open, follow this path in the directory:

    Land Status and Boundaries → Industry Related Land → Minerals → 'Unavailable S7 Exempt Areas (MRSDA)'.

    Once ticked and applied, GeoVic will display all current exempt areas in Victoria.

    Screenshot of Geovic showing the 'Unavailable S7 exempt areas' checkbox ticked.

Revocation of Section 7 exemptions

The Minister may issue a notice to revoke land from being exempt, making the land available for a licence again on or after the date set by the Minister in the notice.

Page last updated: 02 Jun 2021