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PACE 2020:
  • Was a $10.2 million expansion of the South Australian Government's successful $30.9 million PACE initiative launched in 2004, aimed at advancing resource exploration and mining developments in the state
  • Maintained the core principles of economic stimulation, accessibility to land, development of sustainable exploration and mining, increasing cultural awareness and balancing development with the environment
  • Focused on four key work programs specifically designed to drive forward mining development, and continued to act as the primary mechanism in building South Australia’s international profile and strengthening investor confidence in the state’s resources sector:

The Evaluation of the Plan for Accelerating Exploration (.pdf 2.33Mb)
An assessment of the PACE program with recommendations for the continuation of the program, April 2014

PACE 2020 progress report 2010–12 (.pdf 3.1Mb)PACE 2020 outcomes and milestones delivered to the State between 2010 and 2012

Mineral exploration in South Australia 2012–2013 (.pdf 9.5Mb)
Commodity highlights and achievements of the exploration industry in South Australia for 2012–13

Download PACE 2020 brochure (pdf 5.4Mb)

PACE exploration

Pathways to prospectivity

  • Multidisciplinary mineral systems analysis
  • Multidisciplinary approach with mineral systems focus

Pathways to discovery

  • New statewide and regional datasets
  • New geophysics and spectral data
  • Multi-element reanalysis of historic calcrete samples

Innovation through integration

  • Unique and innovative products and data delivered through SARIG 2020
  • 3D modelling of mineral systems and prospective terranes

PACE partnerships

  • PACE targeting - geophysical surveying
  • PACE discovery drilling - exploration drilling
  • PACE geochronology - mineral systems dating

PACE mining

Discovery to development

  • Six-month target approvals for mining lease assessment
  • Online tenement applications, tracking, management and reporting

Next generation policy

  • World's best practice in resources industry regulation and management
  • Next generation suite of industry policies and guidelines

Water for mining

  • Partnerships with key agencies and industry to address water issues
  • Mapping the state's groundwater systems


  • Community engagement strategy and toolkits for industry
  • Continuing support for regional and remote communities

PACE energy

SA geothermal

  • Partnership with the South Australian Centre for Geothermal Energy Research
  • Precompetitive data, state prospectivity model and reservoir modelling
  • Research into enhanced (engineered) geothermal systems (EGS) and hot sedimentary aquifer (HSA) systems

Unconventional gas resources

  • Investigation of South Australia's unconventional gas potential
  • Research into factors affecting productivity in unconventional reservoirs


  • Support for the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), Australian School of Petroleum, University of Adelaide
  • Research into carbon capture and storage methods and technologies

PACE global

Data pathways

  • Launch and expansion of SARIG 2020
  • National Virtual Core Library online
  • Digitising of historic company reporting

South Australian resources analysis

  • Triple bottom line Minerals ScoreCard
  • South Australian minerals industry annual review

Building awareness

  • Linking investors with explorers
  • Fostering greater awareness of the resources sector
  • South Australian Minerals and Petroleum Expert Group (SAMPEG) ambassadors