Closing date: 5pm (AEST) on 3 August  2021

Applications open

Wollar Allocation Area mapApplications are now being accepted for a coal exploration licence for the Wollar Allocation Area. Details about the process including the terms and conditions are provided in the invitation published in the NSW Government Gazette on 4 June 2021. It is important for all potential applicants interested in applying and participating in the tender to read and understand the invitation before lodging an application.

How to apply

  1. Complete an application for an exploration licence for Group 9 (coal) form (EL7 Form)
  2. Submit the completed application form including attachments by 5pm (AEST) on 3 August 2021. Please email your application to

Applications may be withdrawn at any time by lodging the Notice to withdraw an application or objection form.

The competitive selection process

The competitive selection process has two phases:

  1. Qualification phase: applicants lodge an application for an exploration licence. Applications will be assessed against the qualification requirements (clause 3.2 of the invitation).
  2. Tender phase: eligible applicants will be invited to participate in a confidential, selective tender process

Wollar Allocation Area

The Wollar Allocation Area is located approximately 40 kilometres north east of Mudgee and covers an area of 7880.14 hectares. It surrounds the village of Wollar and is bounded to the north west by the Wilpinjong Mine, and to the north by the Goulburn River National Park. The Wollar Allocation Area can be viewed on MinView here. A shapefile of the area is available here and coordinates are available here.

A data package including drill hole lithology and quality data, spatial data (GIS including shapefile) and geological reports may be requested at

Resource Assessment and Initial Suitability Assessment

The Resource Assessment prepared by the Department of Regional NSW found the Wollar Allocation Area contains an estimated 250 million tonnes of high quality, product inventory coal likely suitable for domestic and expert thermal coal markets.

An Initial Suitability Assessment prepared by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment found no environmental, social or economic impediments to releasing the area for coal exploration or production.

Related documents

For more information  

For detailed information on the Competitive Allocation pathway and to read the Guidelines for the Competitive Allocation of Coal, visit our webpage on the Competitive Allocation of Coal.

For information on the Minimum Standard for Work Programs and Technical and Financial Capability visit our webpage Mineral Prospecting Minimum Standards.

If you would like more information or have any questions, contact MEG at