Mining and resources


The department supports the minerals sector to create jobs and attract investment to our regions.

Our role includes:

  • regulating the sector and managing access to the earth resources of Victoria.
  • supporting Victoria's quarry sector so the state has enough building materials for our infrastructure boom.
  • facilitating the development of low-emission resources.


Strategies and initiatives

Extractive Resources Strategy

Victoria is growing fast and we need to build 2.2 million additional homes as well as new infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and transport networks.

The state's first Extractive Resources Strategy will help Victoria grow.

Minerals Resources Strategy

Victoria's wealth was built on gold mining and the industry remains important to our economy, particularly in regional areas. State of Discovery, the Mineral Resources Strategy 2018–2023, is focussed on helping grow investment and jobs in Victoria's minerals sector.


The Stavely Ground Release

An area, known in geographical terms as the Stavely Arc, in Western Victoria has been released for minerals exploration.

The CarbonNet Project

The CarbonNet Project is investigating the potential for establishing a world class, large-scale carbon capture and storage network.

Victorian Gas Program

The Victorian Gas Program will help determine whether the State's underground gas storage capacity can be expanded.

Grants, awards, and scholarships

TARGET initiative

The TARGET minerals exploration initiative is a Victorian Government initiative designed to increase investment in exploration for base metals and gold in Victoria.

Divisional owners and entities

The Resources branch plays a key role in:

  • regulating the resources industry to effectively manage risks to the environment and community
  • attracting and facilitating investment in coal, gas, and mineral resources
  • managing access to earth resources for current and future use
  • supporting investment in technological development

To help us do our work we partner with a range of other government agencies and industry organisations.

Agreements with these organisations aid the regulation of our resources sector in line with community and industry expectations.

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