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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): 05 February 2018 to 09 February 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 929 - Download map
(PDF)
Cu-River Mining Australia Pty Limited 5997 Warrina North Area approx 40 km NE Coober Pedy 565 km2 16/11/2017  to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Woomera Prohibited Area

Far North Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 930 - Download map (PDF) Vitruvius Tobias Pty Ltd 5917 James Range area - approx 70 km NE of Port Augusta 416 km2 16/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Flinders Ranges Planning Area
ERA 931 - Download map (PDF) South Australia Ludi Mining Pty Ltd 5766 Pound Creek area - approximately 120km north of Roxby Downs 272 km2 16/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 932 - Download map (PDF) Hillgrove Resources Ltd 5627 Wheal Ellen Mine area - approx 40km SE of Adelaide 4 km2 21/10/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Water Protection Area – River Murray Act

ERA 936 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5099 Penong B area - Approx 60 km NW of Ceduna 392 km2 15/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Yumbarra Conservation Park
ERA 937 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5100 Yumbarra Area - Approx 50 km NW of Ceduna 658 km2 15/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Yumbarra Conservation Park
ERA 938 - Download map (PDF) Panda Mining Pty Ltd 5189 One Tree Hill area - approx 60 km SW of Olary 78 km2 04/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Nil
ERA 939 - Download map (PDF) Hiltaba Gold Pty Ltd 5307 Cowell area - approx 100 km SW of Whyalla 433 km2 06/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Munyaroo Conservation Park

ERA 940 - Download map (PDF) Sunshine Alliance Resources Pty Ltd 5691 Hawker area - approx 90 km NE of Port Augusta 679 km2 25/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Flinders Ranges Planning Area
ERA 941 - Download map (PDF) Sunshine Alliance Resources Pty Ltd 5692 Wirrealpa area - approx 90 km SE of Leigh Creek 678 km2 25/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Flinders Ranges Planning Area
ERA 942 - Download map (PDF) Mingoola Gold Pty Ltd 5693 Hookina area - approx 100 km NNE of Port Augusta 988 km2 25/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Flinders Ranges Planning Area
ERA 943 - Download map (PDF) Mingoola Gold Pty Ltd 5695 Burt Lagoon area - approx 40 km north of Port Augusta 827 km2 25/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Nil
ERA 944 - Download map (PDF) Jodama Pty Ltd 5871 Umberatana area - approx 80 km NE of Leigh Creek 52 km2 01/11/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Flinders Ranges Planning Area
ERA 945 - Download map (PDF)

Gawler Craton Resources Pty Ltd

5443 Yongala area - approximately 110km SE of Port Augusta 78 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 NIl
ERA 946 - Download map (PDF) CH Magnesite Pty Ltd 5553 Collaby Hill area - approx 90km SSE 405 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Flinders Ranges Planning Area

Mount Remarkable National Park

ERA 947 - Download map (PDF) Teck Australia Pty Ltd 5862 Ferguson Hill area - approx 120 km WSW of Marree 540 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 948 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5537 Eucla Basin T area - approx 30 km NE of Ooldea 792 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Woomera Prohibited Area

Maralinga Tjarutja Lands

ERA 949 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5538 Eucla Basin U area - approx 40 km east of Ooldea 524 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Woomera Prohibited Area

Maralinga Tjarutja Lands

Yellabinna Regional Reserve

ERA 950 - Download map (PDF) Daktyloi Metals Pty Ltd 5428 Mount Norwest area - approx 50km SW of Marree 71 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 951 - Download map (PDF) Daktyloi Metals Pty Ltd 5943 Mount Caernavon area - approx 120 km south of Leigh Creek 146 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Flinders Ranges Planning Area

ERA 952 - Download map (PDF) Daktyloi Metals Pty Ltd 6021 Mount Havelock area - approx 130 km NE of Port Augusta 20 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Flinders Ranges Planning Area

ERA 953 - Download map (PDF) Daktyloi Metals Pty Ltd 6022 Arkaba Hill area - approx 115 km NE of Port Augusta 108 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Flinders Ranges Planning Area

ERA 954 - Download map (PDF) Panda Mining Pty Ltd 5331 Benda Range area - approx 55km SW of Olary 40 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 NIl
ERA 955 - Download map (PDF) Gawler Resources Pty Ltd 5826 Tumby Bay area - approx 5 km west of Tumby Bay 34 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Nil
ERA 956 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5506 Penong area - approximately 70 km WNW of Ceduna 23 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018 Nil
ERA 957 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5536 Eucla Basin S area - approx 80 km NE of Ooldea 267 km2 14/12/2017 to 04/02/2018 05/02/2018 to 09/02/2018

Woomera Prohibited Area

Maralinga Tjarutja Lands


Application open dates (Application week): 05 March  2018 to 09 March 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 959 - Download map (PDF) Yunta Gold Pty Ltd 5541Mount Davidson area - approx 120km NW of Olary 105 km215/12/2017 to 04/03/201805/03/2018 to 09/03/2018Flinders Ranges Planning Area
ERA 960 - Download map (PDF) The Waterberg Coal Company Limited (Administrators Apptd) 5221 Lyons area - approx 40 km NW of Tarcoola 150 km2 02/12/2017 to 04/03/2018 05/03/2018 to 09/03/2018

Woomera Prohibited Area