Scheduled Minerals

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

Alum ShalesFelspar​Monazite
AnhydriteFireclayNickel, Ores of.
Antimony, Ores of.Flint and ChertOil Shale
ApatiteFluorsparPlatinum, Ores of.
Arsenic, Ores of.GanisterPotash Mineral Salts
Asbestos mineralsGem mineralsQuartz Rock
Ball ClayGold, Ores ofRadioactive Minerals
BarytesGraphiteRefractory Clays
BauxiteGypsumRock Phosphates
BerylIron, Ores of.Rock Salt
Bismuth, Ores of.KaolinRoofing Slate
BitumensLateriteSerpentinous Marble
CalciteLead, Ores of.Silica Sand
ChalkLigniteSilver, Ores of.
China ClayLithomargeStrontium, Ores of.
​Chromite​Magnesium, Ores of.​Sulphur, Ores of.
​Coal​Magnesite​Talc and Steatite or Soapstone
​Cobalt, Ores of.​Manganese, Ores of.​Tin, Ores of.
Copper, Ores of.MarbleTitanium, Ores of.
CorundumMercury, Ores of.Tripoli
CryoliteMicaTungsten, Ores of.
Diatomaceous EarthMineral PigmentsWitherite
​Dolomite​Molybdenite​Zinc, Ores of.
Dolomitic Limestone


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.

Mineral Oils and Natural Gas are listed as Scheduled Minerals under the 1940 Minerals Development Act.  These minerals are now regulated under the Petroleum Minerals Development Act 1960, which established separate arrangements for regulation of petroleum exploration and development.  These are administered by the Petroleum Affairs Division (PAD) of the Department.