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The Gawler Ranges Mineral Exploration ILUA has terminated, effective 28 February 2017.  

The ILUA authorised the grant of exploration tenements, and the carrying out of exploration activities under those tenements, to explorers who signed up to the ILUA (this was done by entering into an ‘accepted exploration contract’).  

The termination of the ILUA means exploration activities that affect native title will now need to be the subject of a native title mining agreement under Part 9B of the Mining Act 1971.

Importantly, the termination of the ILUA does not affect existing exploration tenements (including any renewals, regrants and extensions of those tenements), and exploration activities carried out under those tenements, where the explorer entered into an accepted exploration contract before 28 February 2017. The ILUA will continue to apply to those exploration tenements and activities until the accepted exploration contract expires or is terminated.

The Department of State Development will continue to work with the Gawler Ranges Aboriginal Corpoaration and key stakeholders to consider opportunities for the effective management of native title requirements for the mining and exploration industry into the future.

The documents below represent the agreement that was reached between the State Government, SA Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME), Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement and the Gawler Ranges Native Title Group to consent to the grant of exploration tenements and the carrying out of exploration activities under those tenements.

The Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) was registered by the National Native Title Tribunal on 30 June 2006 afor use by explorers with tenements located within the Gawler Ranges native title claim area.

Area covered

Map of the Gawler Ranges Mineral Exploration ILUA (PDF 361 KB)
Boundary and location of the ILUA within South Australia

Description of external boundary - Gawler Ranges ILUA (PDF 28 KB)
Details the area covered by the ILUA

Summary document (for ease of reference) Gawler Ranges Native Title Group, Minerals Exploration Indigenous Land Use Agreement: Summary (PDF 158 KB)
Consult the Framework Document and other documentation (see below) for a full understanding of the agreement
Framework document Gawler Ranges Mineral Exploration ILUA (PDF 335 KB)
Includes terms, conditions, obligations of each of the parties, dispute resolution provisions and other agreed matters
Exploration contract conditions Gawler Ranges Exploration Contract Conditions (PDF 341 KB)
Sets out obligations, payments, Aboriginal heritage issues, rehabilitation and other matters

Exploration contract return for the 12 months ended December 20 (PDF 168 KB)

Heritage clearance procedures Gawler Ranges Heritage Clearance Procedures (PDF 195 KB) (Annexure A to Exploration Contract Conditions)
Sets out the process for Heritage Clearance surveys to be undertaken and includes the relevant fees payable by the explorer
Mapping Mapping Access Procedures (PDF 123 KB) (Annexure B to Exploration Contract Conditions)
Mapping Survey Procedures (PDF 118 KB) (Schedule 4 to Arabunna Framework ILUA)
Information on  procedures for exploration mapping surveys, cultural mapping surveys and mapping authorisations
Signing up to the ILUA Gawler Ranges Acceptance Document (PDF 118 KB)
To be completed and signed by an explorer wishing to take advantage of the ILUA and be bound to its terms and conditions; by doing this, the explorer enters into a contract with the State, Gawler Ranges Native Title Claim Group and its Association
Transferring to another party Gawler Ranges Deed of Assumption (PDF 125 KB) Used to assign a party's rights and interest under both the exploration tenement and the ILUA to another party