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The South Australian government provides a framework for responsible mineral exploration which is key to the continuing discovery of mineral deposits in our state.

Mineral exploration is the process of searching for deposits of useful minerals.

In South Australia minerals are the property of the Crown.

The Mining Act 1971 (the Act) and Regulations made under the Act are the principal laws in place for the administration of exploration titles and the regulation of on-ground exploration activities, including environmental management and rehabilitation of land.

The Department of the Premier and Cabinet Minerals Resources Division is responsible for administration and regulation under the Act.

All explorers must be familiar with the rules and regulations under which they can apply for a mineral exploration licence and undertake exploration activities in South Australia.

An exploration licence is the principal title issued for exploration in the state of South Australia.

Exploration licences

  • Tenement information, SARIG
  • Exploration release area (ERA)
  • Exploration licence application (ELA)
  • Subsequent exploration licence application
  • Exploration licence renewal
  • Amalgamated expenditure arrangement (AEA)
  • Dealing
  • Exploration licence surrender/reduction in area

Exploration activities

  • Land access
  • Requirements for conducting mineral exploration
  • Low impact exploration and generic PEPRs
  • Advanced exploration - programs for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPRs)
  • Environmental management and rehabilitation

Exploration reporting

  • Exploration reporting guidelines
  • 6 monthly summaries
  • Annual technical reports
  • Exploration compliance reports
  • Airborne survey notifications
  • National digital data reporting standards and header generations software