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Purpose of an Exploration Licence

Minerals are the property of the Crown in South Australia, and access to land for exploration is gained through provisions of the Mining Act 1971 (Act) and Regulations under the Act. An Exploration Licence (EL) is the principal title issued for exploration in the state. An EL authorises the Licensee subject to the Act, Regulations and conditions of the Licence, to explore for all minerals other than extractive minerals (i.e. building construction materials). An EL excludes current mining tenements (mineral claims, mining leases and retention leases) and any other areas not available for exploration (i.e. National parks, some Commonwealth land, coastlines, etc.) (refer to SARIG).

ISM05 Mineral exploration licence information Sheet - outlines general conditions, procedures and information


 Web Links

  1:2M Mineral Exploration Licence map showing licences and restricted land (updated daily)

  Information sheets (updated weekly)
  ISM01 Current Mineral Exploration Licence Applications
  ISM02 Current Mineral Exploration Licences, including pending renewals
  ISM03 Current Mineral Exploration Licence holders (alphabetical)

  DEM Minerals web links
  General information about minerals
  Information sheets
  Regulatory guidelines
  Access to land
  Legislation relevant to mineral exploration and mining in South Australia
  Inspection of the Mining Register (including searches for registered claims, lease and licences)
  Schedule of Fees relevant to Mineral Exploration Licences
  Exploration Release Area Information
  Guidelines: applying for mineral exploration release areas (ERAs) in South Australia


Select one of the following
Current EL Number
EL


Where the Licensee seeks a renewal of term (to a maximum of five years), an application for renewal must be lodged one month prior to expiry of the EL, otherwise a written request for Ministerial exemption for late lodgement is required.

An Annual Administration Fee is payable and no application fee is required when lodging a renewal application. Licensees may apply for a reduction in area 'Review of current exploration licence term' screen (next screen)




An EL may have a maximum term of five years, pursuant to sec 30AB of the Mining Act 1971 after which period a new application for the area must be lodged at least three months prior to expiry of the existing EL. Favourable consideration will be given to the granting of a subsequent EL over the same area, or a reduced area, when a licensee has satisfactorily fulfilled all obligations of the previous EL. in accordance with the Act.

An application fee applies (view the Mining Act Fees) and is made via the secure South Australian Government’s eBusiness environment on Visa or Mastercard.



An application fee applies (view the Mining Act Fees) and is made via the secure South Australian Government’s eBusiness environment on Visa or Mastercard.

Please enter the following details:
ERA Number
ERA eg. 29


Please enter the following details:
Reference Number
Security Code