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To report a serious incident to DEM, as required by Section 85(2) of the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000, licensees should contact the serious incident report no: (08) 8463 6666.

Energy Resources Division prepares research reports on the petroleum and geothermal prospectivity of the State.

Publications available for free download include the Petroleum Geology of South Australia series provides detailed information about the Otway, Cooper, Eromanga and Officer basins.

The Passport to Petroleum and Geothermal Investment Opportunities in South Australia USB provides summary information on prospective basins as well as investment and regulatory frameworks.

In addition, Bulletin 54 – The Geology of South Australia provides a useful overview and can be purchased through the SARIG online shop.

The Geology of South Australia

The geology of South Australia represents over 150 years of geological investigations in South Australia. It is designed to provide the reader with a comprehensive regional account of the products of sedimentation, deformation, metamorphism and magmatic activity throughout the State, with some insights into associated crustal processes. 

Bulletin 54 - Volume 1, The Precambrian

Bull_54_V1_cover_thumbThe ultimate aim is to stimulate exploration and research, and to provide a sound geological basis for the equitable use of the State's resources.Volume 1 - The Precambrian - describes the geology of the older rocks of South Australia spanning the period from the late Archaean (approximately 2700 million years ago) to the end of the Neoproterozoic at 540 Ma.

Rocks of this age contain most of the State's metallic mineral deposits, and are currently the focus of intense exploration, largely as a result of the South Australian Exploration Initiative.

The major geological provinces of interest are the Gawler Craton in the centre of the State, Musgrave Block and part of the Officer Basin in the northwest, Coompana Block in the southwest, Curnamona Craton including the Willyama Inliers in the northeast, Adelaide Geosyncline in the eastern third of the State, and basement inliers in the latter.

Bulletin 54 - Volume 2, The Phanerozoic

Bull_54_Vol_2_Geol_SAThe ultimate aim is to stimulate exploration and research, and to provide a sound geological basis for the equitable use of the State's resources. Volume 2 - The Phanerozoic - describes the geology of the State from 540 million years ago to the present day.

Rocks dating from this time in Earth history contain most of the State's oil and gas reserves, as well as a variety of industrial and extractive minerals, gemstones such as opal and diamonds, groundwater, and some metallic mineral resources.

The volume also discusses geology in relation to the modern environment, covering topics such as groundwater contamination and land salinisation, geological hazards, and mining and the environment.

General publications of interest

Regulatory Philosophy Publications

Compliance Publications 

For more information, contact:

Energy Resources Division
Level 6, 101 Grenfell Street,
GPO Box 320

Ph + 61 8 8429 2430