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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 have been released.

Note that the Minister for Energy and Mining 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 4, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
  • by email to dem.tenements@sa.gov.au

Application fees

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

Please note changes to fees under the Mining Act 1971 took effect on 1 January 2020. This includes new exploration regulation zones for annual exploration licence fees.

The 2020 fee schedule, a fee calculator and FAQs are available on the Forms and fees page of this website

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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): 05 October to 09 October 2020

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteriaFee zone
ERA 1147 Download map (PDF) - - Warnes area - approx. 60 km ESE of Peterborough 106     km2 27/07/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Nil 1
ERA 1148 Download map (PDF) Cerberus Resources Pty Ltd 6381 Billa Kalina area - approx. 120 km NNW of Roxby Downs 281 km2 30/07/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Woomera Prohibited Area
Far North Well Prescribed Area
Great Artesian Basin Springs
3
ERA 1149 Download map (PDF) Cerberus Resources Pty Ltd 6382 Anna Creek area - approx. 90km SE of Oodnadatta 946 km2 30/07/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Far North Prescribed Wells Area
Great Artesian Basin Springs
2
ERA 1150 Download map (PDF) Cerberus Resources Pty Ltd 6383 Anna Creek area -approx. 120km SE of Oodnadatta 669 km2 30/07/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Far North Prescrived Wells Area
Great Artesian Basin Springs
2
ERA 1151 Download map (PDF) Resource Holdings Pty Ltd 6422 Mabel Creek area -approx. 105km WNW of Coober Pedy 60 km2 01/08/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Woomera Prohibited Area
Far North Prescribed Wells Area
Tallaringa Conservation Park
2
ERA 1152 Download map (PDF) Petratherm Ltd 6250 Whey Whey Creek area - approx. 35km WNWt of Olary 26 km2 18/07/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Nil 1
ERA 1153 Download map (PDF) Leigh Creek Copper Mine Pty Ltd 6278 Mount Elkington area approx. 50km SSE of Leigh Creek 597 km2 09/07/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Flinders Ranges Scenic Tourism Area 1
ERA 1154 Download map (PDF) PNX Metals Limited 6399 Stansbury area - approx. 85 km west of Adelaide 254
km2
12/08/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Ramsay and Minlacowie Conservation Parks 1
ERA 1155 Download map (PDF) Sipa Exploration N.L. 6490 Mabel Creek area - approx. 60 km WSW of Coober Pedy 830 km2 12/08/2020 to 04/10/2020 05/10/2020 to  
09/10/2020
Woomera Prohibited Area
Far North Prescribed Wells Area
2

Application open dates (Application week): 02 November to 06 November 2020

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteriaFee zone
ERA 1156 Download map (PDF) Havilah Resources Limited 6164 Cootabarlow area -approx. 85km east of Arkaroola 989     km2 27/07/2020 to 01/11/2020 02/11/2020 to  
06/11/2020
Far North Well Prescribed Area 1
ERA 1157 Download map (PDF)Lithium Australia NL6213Dudley East area -approx. 10km southeast of Penneshaw63 km203/08/2020 to 01/11/202002/11/2020 to  
06/11/2020
-1
ERA 1158 Download map (PDF)FMG Resources Pty Ltd6219Mount Barry area -approx. 70km north-northeast of Coober Pedy790 km203/08/2020 to 01/11/202002/11/2020 to  
06/11/2020
Far North Wells Prescribed Area2
ERA 1159 Download map (PDF)Stoney Pinch Pty Ltd5823Cooltong area -approx. 10km west of Renmark67 km204/08/2020 to 01/11/202002/11/2020 to  
06/11/2020
River Murray Protection Area
Cooltong Conservation Park
1