PMAV Welcome

The Prospectors and Miners Association of Victoria is a voluntary body established to protect and enhance the rights and opportunities of those who wish to prospect, fossick or mine in the State of Victoria, Australia..

From recreational prospector to smaller scale miner - the PMAV is protecting your interests.  Our membership ranges from prospectors using gold pans, sluices and metal detectors to find gold, gemstones or other minerals, to those using machinery on prospecting licences.

Most of the largest gold nuggets ever found were from the central Victorian goldfields, we also enjoy deposits of many other valuable or interesting minerals.

Despite this, the Right to conduct these activities in Victoria is constantly under threat from those who seek to abolish the Rights and Privileges won through the stand taken by miners and their supporters at Eureka, Ballarat in 1854.

The PMAV will not surrender these Rights or Privileges - we are passionate in our belief that individual prospectors and miners must have fair and reasonable access to a share of this State's considerable mineral wealth.

Upcoming events

Australian Gold Panning Championships Blackwood VIC

Date: 28 February 2016

Summary: Australian Gold Panning Championships Blackwood VIC

10:00am – 4:00pm
Register on the day!
Gold Pans Provided
Also running “Stake Your Claim” for a chance to win a Gold Nugget! 
Open to all ages and skill levels. 



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Minelab Wedderburn Gold Jamboree

Date: 12 March 2016 to 13 March 2016

Summary: Minelab Wedderburn Gold Jamboree

Saturday & Sunday Minelab Token Hunt $45.00 for the weekend including breakfast & entertainment on the Saturday Evening

Participants must be registered & restricted to an 11 inch coil or equivalent

Refreshments on sale all weekend.

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Gold Prospecting and Gemstone Exhibition

Date: 13 March 2016

Summary: Come and learn techniques and types of tools used by the experts to recover gold and gems. Display of local gold and gemstones, photographic exhibition, working displays and more...

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The Diggers Oath

We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties.

Download & print an application form