What permission do I need to fossick for fossils where I live?
Private land Crown land Museum to contact Keep these rules in mind
ACT Need permission from the land owner or native title representative. Check with the national museum. Geoscience Australia Nature Conservation Act (2013) prohibits the damage, destruction, or removal of materials, including clay, gravel, rock, sand, soil or stone, from reserved areas.
NSW Need permission from the land owner or native title representative. Permission required if land is leased. Australian Museum, Sydney No machinery allowed (manual digging only).
NT Need permission from the land owner or native title representative. Check with the territory museum. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory No vertebrates can be collected.
QLD Need permission from the land owner or native title representative (and a fossicking licence). Need a fossicking licence. Queensland Museum, Brisbane Check the Queensland Museum website.
SA Need permission from the land owner or native title representative. Need a scientific research permit. South Australia Museum All fossils belong to the Crown.
TAS Need permission from the land owner or native title representative. Need a fossicking permit if not in area marked for fossicking. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery Uncommon fossils must be referred to Mineral Resources Tasmania.
VIC Need permission from the land owner or native title representative. Need consent to collect from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Museums Victoria, Melbourne Only surface collecting permitted.
WA Need permission from the land owner or native title representative. Need to obtain a miner's right. Western Australian Museum, or Edward de Courcy Clarke Earth Science Museum No machinery allowed (manual digging only).