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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 have been released.

Note that the Minister for Energy and Mining 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.

A map of South Australia showing the exploration release areas is available via the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

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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.

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 4, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
  • by email to dem.tenements@sa.gov.au

Application fees

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

Please note changes to fees under the Mining Act 1971 took effect on 1 January 2020. This includes new exploration regulation zones for annual exploration licence fees.

The 2020 fee schedule, a fee calculator and FAQs are available on the Forms and fees page of this website

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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 April 2020 to 10 April 2020

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteriaFee zone
ERA 1126 Download map (PDF) WPG Resources Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (Administrators Appointed) 6147 Mulgathing area - approx. 80 km NW of Tarcoola 181 km2 14/01/2020 to 05/04/2020 06/04/2020 to 10/04/2020 Woomera Prohibited Area 2
ERA 1127 Download map (PDF) BMV Properties Pty Ltd 5911 Mount Barry area - approx. 40 km NE of Coober Pedy 90 km2 30/01/2020 to 01/03/2020 06/04/2020 to 10/04/2020 Woomera Prohibited Area
Far North Prescribed Wells area
Great Artesian Basin Springs
2

Application open dates (Application week): 04 May 2020 to 08 May 2020

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteriaFee zone
ERA 1129 Download map (PDF)Lodestone Mines Pty Ltd6113Koonamore area - approx. 65 km north of Yunta 41 km223/02/2020 to 03/05/202004/05/2020 to 08/05/2020-1
ERA 1130 Download map (PDF)Golden Cross Operations Pty Ltd5572Anna Creek area - approx. 110 km ESE of Coober Pedy209 km2 02/02/2020 to 03/05/202004/05/2020 to 08/05/2020Woomera Prohibited Area3

Application open dates (Application week): 01 June to 05 June 2020

ERA number and mapLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteriaFee zone
ERA 1128 Download map (PDF) Pernatty area - approx. 100 km NNW of Port Augusta 299 km2 27/02/2020 to 31/05/2020 01/06/2020 to 05/06/2020 - 3