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About ERAs

An expired, fully surrendered or cancelled mineral exploration licence area may be released to industry as an 'exploration release area (ERA)'.

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 29(1a) of the Mining Act 1971 that the areas shown in the tables below are released.

Note that the Minister for Mineral Resources may also, at various times to be notified, consider exploration licence applications over areas previously held by the Department (e.g. Mining Act Section 15 areas). Should this occur the exploration release areas will be listed here.

View released areas in the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG).

Listing of released areas

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Submitting applications

Applications may be submitted during the application week by completing and lodging the application online, or downloading and completing a PDF or editable word document.

Completing and lodging applications online

The ERA application wizard allows users to apply and lodge an ERA application using a smart pre-populated online form. This is accessed via SARIG (the South Australian Resources Information Gateway).

Downloading application forms

You can also download and complete an Application for Mineral Exploration Release Area - Form29ERA:

Downloaded complete applications can be submitted by one of the following means:

  • in person to Level 7, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
  • by facsimile to +61 8 8463 3101
  • by email to dsd.tenements@sa.gov.au

Application fees

An ERA application must be accompanied by the statutory EL application fee.

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More information

More information about exploration release areas (ERAs) and the application process

A list of ERAs including former tenement holder and status of the ERA is available for download as Information sheet M53: Mineral exploration release areas (ERAs) (PDF) Updated daily

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Areas released


Application open dates (Application week): 06 November 2017 to 10 November 2017

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 909 - Download map (PDF) The Waterberg Coal Company Limited 5758 Lyons area - approx 80km NNW of Tarcoola 125 km2 31/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Woomera Prohibited Area
ERA 910 - Download map (PDF) Monax Mining Ltd 5123 Phar Lap Outstation area - approx 70 km SSE of Coober Pedy 283 km2 26/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017

Woomera Prohibited Area

Far North Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 911 - Download map (PDF) Marmosa Pty Ltd 5124

Security Dam area - approx 75 km northeast of Olary

17 km2 26/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Nil
ERA 912 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5667 Ooldea Ranges area - approx 250km NW of Ceduna 736 km2 11/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Nullabor Regional Reserve
ERA 913 - Download map (PDF) Iluka Resources Limited 5686 Kalanbi area - approx 50km NW of Ceduna 382 km2 23/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Yumbarra Conservation Park
ERA 914 - Download map (PDF) Iluka Resources Limited 5687 Eucla Basin area - approx 70km SE of Ooldea 126 km2 23/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Yellabinna Regional Reserve
ERA 915 - Download map (PDF) Perilya Limited 5751 Parachilna area - approx 80km south of Leigh Creek 12 km2 18/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Flinders Ranges Planning Area A
ERA 916 - Download map (PDF) Currie Resources Pty Ltd 5400 Lincoln Gap area - approximately 30km west of Port Augusta 184 km2 07/09/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Cultana Defence Training Area
ERA 917 - Download map (PDF) Currie Resources Pty Ltd 5401 Mount Whyalla area - approx 50km SW of Port Augusta 130  km2 07/09/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Cultana Defence Training Area
ERA 918 - Download map (PDF) Kelaray Pty Ltd 5829 Lake Callabonna area - approx 185 km NE of Leigh Creek 893 km2 07/09/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Strzelecki Regional Reserve

Far North Prescribed Wells Area

Lake Callabonna Fossil Reserve

ERA 919 - Download map (PDF) PNX Metals Limited 4983 Oaklands area - approx 80 km west of Adelaide 104 km2 30/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Nil
ERA 920 - Download map (PDF) Sturt Exploration Pty Ltd 5320 Maitland area - approx 110 km NW of Adelaide 185 km2 24/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Nil
ERA 921 - Download map (PDF) UXA Resources Limited 4971 Commonwealth Hill area - approx 140km NW of Tarcoola 265 km2 08/08/2017 to 05/11/2017 06/11/2017 to 10/11/2017 Woomera Prohibited Area

Application open dates (Application week): 04 December 2017 to 08 December 2017

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 922 - Download map
(PDF)
Gawler Resources Pty Ltd 4841Moonabie area - approx 60 km WSW of Whyalla171 km2 13/03/2017 to
03/12/2017 
04/12/2017 to 08/12/2017 Nil
ERA 923 - Download map (PDF)Cu-River MIning Australia Pty Limited4964 Warrina South area - approx 80 km east of Coober Pedy 279 km2 15/09/2017 to 03/12/2017 04/12/2017 to 08/12/2017 Woomera Prohibited Area
Far North Prescribed Wells Area      
ERA 924 - Download map (PDF) Cu-River Mining Australia Pty Limited5660Yarrabolina Hill area - approx 140 km SE of Coober Pedy80 km214/03/2017 to 03/12/201704/12/2017 to 08/12/2017

Woomera Prohibited Area

Far North Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 925 - Download map (PDF) Panda Mining Pty Ltd5681

Mount Paisley area - approx 160 km SE of Coober Pedy

193 km207/09/2017 to 03/12/201704/12/2017 to 08/12/2017

Woomera Prohibited Area

Far North Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 926 - Download map (PDF) Renascor Resources Ltd5733Warrior area - approx 50 km WNW of Tarcoola112 km220/09/2017 to 03/12/201704/12/2017 to 08/12/2017

Woomera Prohibited Area

ERA 927 - Download map (PDF)Renascor Resources Ltd5010Cultana area - approx 30 km South of Port Augusta321 km212/09/2017 to 03/12/201704/12/2017 to 08/12/2017Defence – Cultana Training Area
ERA 928 - Download map (PDF)Renascor Resources Ltd5012Cultana Area - approx 50km SW of Port Augusta854 km212/09/2017 to 3/12/201704/12/2017 to 08/12/2017Defence – Cultana Training Area

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