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Mineral Resources Tasmania

What minerals can be mined under the Mineral Resources Development Act 1995?

Mineable minerals are divided into six categories under the Mineral Resources Development Act 1995. These are:

  • Category 1: metallic minerals and atomic substances;
  • Category 2: coal, peat, lignite, oil shale and coal seam gas;
  • Category 3: rock, stone, gravel, sand and clay used in construction, bricks and ceramics;
  • Category 4: petroleum products except oil shale; (please note that coal seam gas in not included under category 4)
  • Category 5: industrial minerals, precious stones, semi-precious stones;
  • Category 6: any geothermal substance.