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Joined: 18 April 2013
Posts: 147
25 June 2014 11:34 pm

G'day PA Members, smile Getting a state wide fossicking permit is a lot easier than we thought wink

The Process is simple

1. Google-- Permits | Forestry Corporation of NSW

2. Scroll down till you find (FOSSICKING PERMIT) and says To purchase a fossicking permit you need to REGISTER ONLINE. CLICK

3.Choose option no.2 for (fossicking permit) CLICK

4.Have a quick read about fees and how many member can be covered by the permit then top left side say (START) CLICK

5.It's up to the individual on which area they wanna choose but mainly we click (Heart of the Country) and remember the permit cover the whole NSW.
and it's says (You are now applying for a state wide permit. For our reporting purposes, which area of NSW do you most intend to fossick in?)

6.Fill in the blank. you can choose which date you want the permit to start then click continue, then it will show some rules and regulations scroll down and
(TICK THE FOUR EMPTY BOXES) About what not and what you can do yikes then press the appropriate button to continue.

7.It will ask Visa or Master Card click then Fill in the blank then (PRESS PAY)

8.It will show permit no xxxxxxx click print permit and (Wallah) Two pages of goodness permit big_smile big_smile

9.Always back fill your hole and take the rubbish with you before leaving the property and respect the land owners request not to light fire in their backyard smile

10.But most of all, enjoy and be safe cool

Cheers, wink

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26 June 2014 09:59 am

Thanks for posting this Gold689. The new online system has definitely simplified the process.


From: Ipswich, QLD
Joined: 31 January 2014
Posts: 1
09 January 2015 04:36 pm

Got a permit from NSW forestry today $27.50 very quick. All Good, and you can save the Pdf that the receipt comes as.
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From: Sydney
Joined: 27 August 2014
Posts: 284
09 January 2015 07:32 pm

Got mine awhile back, make sure you care a copy with ya.

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09 January 2015 07:36 pm

Pdf's are great - carry a copy on your smart phone.

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Joined: 11 January 2015
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11 January 2015 11:40 pm

is this something we need to detect say on a beach, or a park. Thanks

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From: Canberra, ACT
Joined: 26 March 2013
Posts: 314
12 January 2015 11:52 am

I thought we didnt need a fossicking licence in NSW?????
Have i been breaking the law for the last three years???

Um please some one let me know
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From: Queanbeyan, NSW
Joined: 06 May 2013
Posts: 104
12 January 2015 12:39 pm

license is needed for state forrests,beaches are fair game unless council,s say otherwise,never heard of beaches been off limits

Last edited by pauly250 (12 January 2015 12:40 pm)

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Joined: 13 January 2015
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15 January 2015 10:30 am

Got my State Forest License this morning, very easy.


From: Bathurst, NSW
Joined: 29 November 2014
Posts: 324
26 January 2015 08:57 am

Webguy wrote:

Got my State Forest License this morning, very easy.

onya Webby !

welcome to the forum, heaps of cool info here, have a look for the Aldi posts and watch the vid Ramjet put up !!

make setting up for you much easier, those little buggers discriminate so well , you'll never dig a ring pull !

when are you and Adrian and us going to camp a weekend somewhere and do some swinging ????

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From: Central West of NSW
Joined: 17 November 2014
Posts: 13
26 January 2015 01:59 pm

The State Forests permit is good stuff, get one! We got ours a few months ago because we found an old ruin marked on a State Forests map. Phoned 'em up and they explained the simple online permit system. Armed with our bit of paper we were off. Found the ruins and some great old finds, coins etc. In more than 30 years of detecting I've hardly ever seen any 'official' presence anywhere, so imagine my surprise when the official 4WD came slowly down the track.

"G'day, mate. Got a permit?"
He glanced at it then said, " Great, enjoy yourselves." He also told us about another ruin a short distance away not on the map.

Now, I could have risked it on that day, but the encounter with a ranger might have been less pleasant and more expensive. If any government authority wants you to have a permit, just get it and leave it in the car. You might only use it a couple of times a year, but at least you have it. It's a few dollars but the peace of mind is worth a lot more than the money.


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Joined: 25 January 2015
Posts: 30
26 January 2015 07:38 pm

Hi All,
Am I right in understanding that metal detecting IS then allowed in NSW state forests.

When I read the NSW state forest guide it says no powered equipment.
The woman at the office when I organised my permit also said no as it was "powered"

However in the government guide to Fossicking in NSW it also stated
metal detecting is permitted anywhere fossicking is allowed.

In the guide to fossicking in Orange it says
"Power-operated equipment including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic,
battery and electrical equipment or machinery is prohibited on land or in
waters for surface disturbance, excavation or processing."

This would still allow metal detectors and is probably what is meant in the state forest info?

Probably explained somewhere on this site I did try a search

New to this...


From: Sydney, NSW
Joined: 29 April 2013
Posts: 11,672
27 January 2015 07:37 am

Detectors are fine to use, just no mechanical equipment.

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Joined: 23 June 2013
Posts: 145
29 July 2015 07:23 pm

state wide permit so does that let you detect around kiandra legally cheers


From: Central West NSW
Joined: 27 January 2015
Posts: 3,108
29 July 2015 07:36 pm

The Statewide permit is for allowable areas within NSW State Forests only.

Everything we use comes from mining or farming.


From: Tathra, NSW
Joined: 17 February 2014
Posts: 6,967
29 July 2015 08:30 pm

The day that they allow that area, You would not get within kooee of it. lol
Besides, They would not want the sphagnum moss walked on. tongue

phil wrote:

state wide permit so does that let you detect around kiandra legally cheers

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From: lake mac , NSW
Joined: 07 July 2015
Posts: 1,976
29 July 2015 09:46 pm

Why do i need it if im fossicking on private property with permission or in designated fossicking areas ?

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From: Central West NSW
Joined: 27 January 2015
Posts: 3,108
29 July 2015 11:01 pm

Who said you do? You don't - you only need it to fossick in allowable areas of NSW State Forests. If you don't want to go into the forests to fossick you don't need one.

Everything we use comes from mining or farming.


From: lake mac , NSW
Joined: 07 July 2015
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30 July 2015 12:13 am

Awesome !!!
Good to know

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From: Campbelltown, NSW
Joined: 18 November 2015
Posts: 119
28 December 2015 02:48 pm

Just got me permit too easy thanks for the post.




From: Bathurst nsw
Joined: 17 December 2015
Posts: 241
28 December 2015 03:55 pm

it is very easy to apply. but I still reckon for the money u pay they should give u a hard license card. like a drivers/boat/fishing license

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Joined: 01 December 2015
Posts: 31
28 December 2015 04:10 pm

The mentioned ruin wasent out of bounds then ?


Red Gweilo
Joined: 11 January 2016
Posts: 14
14 January 2016 06:36 pm

Brilliant. The Fossicking maps resource is great too, when matched with geological maps and then a quick glance at Doug Stone's as a starting point. Thanks for the heads-up, Gold689!




From: south west Sydney
Joined: 07 August 2016
Posts: 280
04 July 2017 02:28 am

Feb 22, 2017 - You can apply for a 12-month state-wide permit from Forestry Corporation online for $27.50 including GST. This allows small-scale fossicking ...

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