Scheduled Minerals

A list of Scheduled Minerals under the 1940 Minerals Development Act is shown below. 

Alum ShalesDolomiteMica
AnhydriteDolomitic LimestoneMineral Pigments
Antimony, Ores ofFelsparMinerals Oils
Arsenic, Ores ofFlint and ChertMonazite
Asbestos mineralsFluorsparNatural Gas
Ball ClayGanisterQuartz Rock
BarytesGem mineralsRadioactive minerals
BauxiteGold, Ores ofRefractory Clays
BerylGraphiteRock Phosphates
Bismuth, Ores ofGypsumRock Salt
BitumensLead, Ores ofRoofing Slate
CalciteLigniteSerpentinous Marble
ChalkLithomargeSilica Sand
China ClayMagnesiteSilver, Ores of
Copper, Ores ofMagnesium, Ores ofStrontium, Ores of
CorundumManganese, Ores ofSulphur, Ores of
CryoliteMarbleTalc and Steatite or Soapstone
Diatomaceous EarthMercury, Ores ofTin, Ores of


Minerals, as defined in the Minerals Development Acts, include all substances in, on, or under land except:

  • the agricultural surface of the ground
  • turf or peat
  • stone, sand, gravel or clay except for substances included in the schedule to the 1940 Act.

In practice this means that most quarries do not work minerals and do not require any permits under the Minerals Development Acts.

The Petroleum Minerals Development Act 1960 established separate arrangements for regulation of petroleum exploration and development.  These are administered by the Petroleum Affairs Division (PAD)of the Department.