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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


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