Mineral Resources Division
The Mineral Resources Division is responsible for driving growth across the mineral industry value chain to increase the future social and economic prosperity of South Australians whilst ensuring delivery of best practice environmental regulation and sustainable development of the state’s mineral resources.
This is achieved through the management of the state’s mineral resource assets and geoscientific data, and acting as the Minister’s delegate for the development and administration of the Mining Act 1971, Mines and Inspection Act 1920, Opal Mining Act 1995, Offshore Minerals Act 2000, Roxby Downs (Indenture Ratification) Act 1982, Broken Hill Proprietary Company's Indenture Act 1937 and Whyalla Steel Works Act 1958.
The Mineral Tenements and Exploration Branch is responsible for the administration and grant of secure mineral exploration and mining titles pursuant to South Australia legislation. Its key focus is achieving the South Australian Economic Priority objective of mineral and energy resources exploration expenditure above $650 million per annum by 2017.
The Mining Regulation Branch is the principal regulator for mining operations in South Australia under the Mining Act 1971 and Opal Mining Act 1995. The branch is responsible for the assessment of mining proposals, approval of mining lease conditions of operation and monitoring of compliance of mining operations.
The branch is also responsible for major remediation projects and the risk management of potential liabilities of former and current mines.
The Resource Policy and Engagement Branch is responsible for developing and implementing policies and legislation that ensure South Australia has a strategically focused, coordinated and transport approach to land access for mineral and energy resource development. It undertakes a consultative/collaborative approach and builds strong working relationships with key stakeholders, including industry, community and government focus on outcomes that benefit access to land for multiple land users.
The branch also provides advice to influence state and national policy initiatives and agendas with respect to other key land uses such as planning, conservation, Aboriginal heritage, native title, defence, agriculture and renewable energy.
The Resource Information Branch delivers a wide range of geoscientific information that showcases South Australia’s mineral and energy resources prospectivity and competitive advantages, both nationally and internationally. The branch contributes to DSD’s minerals and energy investment strategy and coordinates an innovative framework of strategic activities across government, community and academia.
Key delivery channels include communication, event management, product development, publications, education, resources industry liaison, geoscience library, mineral economics and market analysis, minerals website and South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG).
The Mining Projects Branch works with project proponents, stakeholders within the department, within government, and with the community to facilitate major mining developments in South Australia. It identifies and manages risks to proponents, the minerals industry and the state.
The branch also operates as a collaborative team, delivering strategic advice, contributing to continuous improvement in mining and associated regulation, and influencing the maintenance of an environment conducive to mining investment.
The Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA) provides a comprehensive information and knowledge framework on the state’s geoscience and mineral resources. The GSSA is responsible for the delivery of geological mapping, acquisition, maintenance, interpretation and modelling of geophysical and remotely sensed data, and provision of information and regulatory advice on mineral resources. The GSSA undertakes collaborative research with universities and institutions with the objective of fostering mineral exploration and development, whilst attracting resource investment to South Australia through initiatives such as PACE Copper.
PACE (Plan for Accelerating Exploration), established in 2004, continues to be regarded worldwide as one of the most effective government-led exploration initiatives and has led to new resource discoveries and new mining developments. PACE Copper further builds on this success to ensure South Australia remains competitive in the global resources market. It comprises four program areas – Exploration, Mining, Energy and Global.
PACE Copper is a critical component of South Australia's Copper Strategy, committed to tripling the state's annual copper production by 2030 and supporting Australia's elevation to the third largest copper producer globally. The initiative plays a vital role in driving the exploration investment and discovery of the new high-quality resources required to meet South Australia's Copper production goal of one million tonnes a year by 2030.