Welcome to the PMAV!
Established in 1980, the Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria is a voluntary body created to protect the rights and opportunities of those who wish to prospect, fossick or mine in the State of Victoria, Australia.
Our access to public forests and crown land in Victoria has been constantly under threat from government agencies and groups since 1980, when goldfields were under threat from first being locked away.
The PMAV was formed to fight against such closures. At its inaugural meeting in Castlemaine, over 900 prospectors turned up to show their support.
Like the diggers at Eureka Ballarat in 1854, we proudly seek to uphold the rights and privileges won through their courage in the face of over governance and persecution.
The PMAV knows that prospecting and mining means many things to many different people.
It is a generational tradition, a connection to the land, exercise for mind and body, recreational activity or hopefully an income. The overwhelming connection? Is it is our passion and we will fight for the right to continue that.
Whether you are a weekend prospector , small scale miner or interested in preserving your fellow Australians right to access a share of this state’s unlocked, mineral wealth, please join us and keep access to these goldfields open for one and all.
The primary aims of the Association are in part:
(a) To uphold and advance the heritage, rights and privileges of individual holders of Miner’s Rights in the State of Victoria to fossick, prospect and mine anywhere in Victoria within the provisions of the Mineral Resources Development Act 1991;
(b) To make submissions to the Crown, Parliament, Members of Parliament, Statutory bodies, Local Government and the like, on matters affecting fossicking, prospecting, mining, and treatment.
(c) To assist individual members of the Association to take advantage of the heritage, rights and privileges conferred by the Miner’s Right, and generally to support and advise members.
The PMAV is an apolitical organisation and the committee is elected to represent all members not just those of a particular political persuasion.
We are in short a political lobby group but without a political ideology of our own. If your political party supports the right to prospect in Victoria, they will have the PMAV support and its members.
The PMAV has established a strong working relationship with many Government bodies and represents the interests of members on a number of committees set up by various government departments. It has also established lines of communication with many clubs and associations with similar interests, as well as groups with a general interest in the use of public land. Interstate Associations and clubs regularly communicate with the PMAV on issues of a common interest.
The PMAV has a central governing committee based in Melbourne and eight branches throughout Victoria.
These branches organise field trip days on private and crown land, social events, guest speakers etc.
Branches are a great way to hone your prospecting skills with many members happy to share their knowledge of the area and equipment.
For further details refer to the page titled, Our Branches.
Tips from our seasoned members including videos, documents and maps to help you become a better prospector and find more gold!
Past Eureka Echos and photo gallery.
Discounts and competitions.