Skip to content

Coompana Drilling and Geochemistry - precompetitive geoscience data releases ¦  Statute Amendment (Mineral Resources) Bill 2018 introduced into Parliament ¦ Mineral Resources Division is now based at level 4, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide 5000 ¦ Regulatory Guideline MG2b PEPR for metallic and industrial minerals - updated guidance on measurement criteria

Resource Copper (Cu), Uranium (U), Silver (Ag), Gold (Au)


Status Operating
Mining operation

Australia's largest underground mine

Location 560 km north of Adelaideolympic_dam_blue
Tenement information

Consists of tenements Special Mining Lease SML1, SML 2, SML 3

Download map showing Olympic Dam tenements via the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG).

  1. Hover over the tenement area for more information e.g. type of licence, holder and production summary.
  2. Use the Map Layer widget to the right to select other layers e.g. drillholes, geology.
The deposit 
Resource estimates and production estimates

Company released resource estimates and production statistics for South Australia's major operating and approved mines are summarised in South Australia's major operating/approved mines: resources estimates and production statistics (PDF, updated regularly).

Approval process

The proposed Olympic Dam Expansion

An agreement has been signed to amend the existing Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982 to enable the construction and operation of the multi-billion dollar Olympic Dam expansion project.

A Bill to ratify the amendments to the Olympic Dam and Stuart Shelf Indenture was approved by both Houses of Parliament in November 2011.

Frequently asked questions about the Indenture

The legislation required that BHP commence the project by 15 December 2012 otherwise the amendments would lapse.

In August 2012 BHP announced the deferment of the project and its intention to consult with the Government on adopting an alternative, less capital-intensive design for the open pit expansion.

The Government subsequently granted an extension of the period in which BHP Billiton could trigger the amended Indenture, with that end-date now being October 2016.

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Olympic Dam Expansion, submissions made, BHP response document and government assessment reports available can be downloaded from the Olympic Dam Expansion webpage, South Australian Government Information and Services for South Australians website.

Current documents and reports Environmental protection and monitoring programs (EPMP)

Annual reporting against EPMP

Great Artesian Basin wellfields reports

Special water licences

To view historical documents please visit SARIG related documents and records.

Uranium incident reports

South Australia’s uranium mines and processing facilities are required to report incidents involving the unplanned release of radioactive process materials, radioactive liquids or radioactive wastes associated with the physical and chemical processing of uranium ores, following standard criteria and procedures.

Olympic Dam uranium incident summary since 2003

For more information, contact:

For inquiries relating to this mining operation please contact: Mining Regulation
Mineral Resources Division
Department for Energy and Mining
Phone: 8429 2583