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About ERAs

An expired, fully surrendered or cancelled mineral exploration licence area may be released to industry as an 'exploration release area (ERA)'.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 29(1a) of the Mining Act 1971 that the areas shown in the tables below are released.

Note that the Minister for Mineral Resources may also, at various times to be notified, consider exploration licence applications over areas previously held by the Department (e.g. Mining Act Section 15 areas). Should this occur the exploration release areas will be listed here.

A map of South Australia showing the exploration release areas is available via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

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Submitting applications

Applications may be submitted during the application week by completing and lodging the application online, or downloading and completing a PDF or editable word document.

Completing and lodging applications online

The ERA application wizard allows users to apply and lodge an ERA application using a smart pre-populated online form. This is accessed via SARIG.

Downloading application forms

You can also download and complete an Application for Mineral Exploration Release Area - Form29ERA:

Downloaded complete applications can be submitted by one of the following means:

  • in person to Level 7, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
  • by facsimile to +61 8 8463 3101
  • by email to dpc.tenements@sa.gov.au

Application fees

An ERA application must be accompanied by the statutory EL application fee.

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More information

More information about exploration release areas (ERAs) and the application process

A list of ERAs including former tenement holder and status of the ERA is available for download as Information sheet M53: Mineral exploration release areas (ERAs) (PDF) Updated daily

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Areas released


Application open dates (Application week): 03 December 2018 to 07 December 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 1013 - Download map (PDF) THZ Pty Ltd 5152 Arcoona Area – approx. 160 km northwest of Port Augusta 264 km2 14/01/2018 to 02/12/2018 03/12/2018 to 07/12/2018 Woomera Commonwealth Land (part)
ERA 1014 - Download map (PDF) Minotaur Operations Pty Ltd 5887 Gawler Ranges Area – approx. 130 km ENE of Streaky Bay 311 km2 29/09/2018 to 02/12/2018 03/12/2018 to 07/12/2018 Gawler Ranges National Park

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Application open dates (Application week): 04 February 2019 to 08 February 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 1015 - Download map (PDF) Woomera Exploration Limited 6091 Sundown Outstations area - approx. 130 km NNW of Marla 768 km2 11/10/2018 to 03/02/2019 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 -
ERA 1016 - Download map (PDF) Woomera Exploration Limited 6092 Mount Howe area - approx. 130 km north of Marla 854 km2 11/10/2018 to 03/02/2019 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1017 - Download map (PDF) Woomera Exploration Limited 6133 Mount Carulinia area - approx. 20 km northwest of Oodnadatta 401 km2 11/10/2018 to 03/02/2019 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1018 - Download map (PDF) Boston Minerals Pty Ltd 5865 Whymlet area - approx. 70 km ENE of Tarcoola 204 km2 01/11/2018 to 03/02/2019 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 Woomera Prohibited Area
ERA 1019 - Download map (PDF) Hamelin Gully Pty Ltd 5866 Yunta area - approx. 80 km WSW of Olary 618 km2 01/11/2018 to 03/02/2018 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 -
ERA 1020 - Download map (PDF) Archer Exploration Pty Ltd 5383 Mangalo area - approx. 40 km NW of Cowell 72 km2 13/11/2018 to 03/02/2019 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 Heggaton Conservation Park (part)
ERA 1021 - Download map (PDF) THZ Pty Ltd 5936 Arcoona area - approx. 15 km SE of Woomera 41 km2 13/11/2018 to 03/02/2019 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 -
ERA 1022 - Download map (PDF) Yunnan International Mining Investment Corp Pty Ltd 5757 Moolooloo area - approx. 35 km south of Leigh Creek 103 km2 13/11/2018 to 03/02/2019 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 Flinders Ranges Planning Area - Environmental Class B Area
ERA 1023 - Download map (PDF) Sinosteel Uranium SA Pty Ltd 6026 Scott Hill area - approx. 85 km NW of Manna Hill 379 km2 13/10/2018 to 03/02/2019 04/02/2019 to 08/02/2019 TBA