(1) For section 25(2) of the Principal Act substitute —
"(2) Otherwise, the Minister may grant or refuse a licence, after considering any objections made under section 24—
(a) in the case of an exploration licence or a prospecting licence, within 90 days of the application being accepted in accordance with section 15; or
(b) in the case of a retention licence or mining licence, within 120 days of the application being accepted in accordance with section 15.".
(2) After section 25(2) of the Principal Act insert —
"(2A) For the purposes of subsection (2), the calculation of the number of days in which a licence may be granted or refused does not include any day that occurs within any of the following periods—
(a) from the time that the Minister asks the applicant under section 15(7) to provide additional information until that information is provided;
(b) from the time that a matter relevant to the application is referred for investigation to the mining warden under section 25A, 97 or 98 until that investigation is completed;
(c) in the case of an application involving Crown land, any time taken by the applicant to comply with the requirements of the Native Title Act 1993 of the Commonwealth or the Traditional Owner Settlement Act 2010 .".
(3) The note at the foot of section 25 of the Principal Act is repealed .