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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.

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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): 02 September 2019 to 06 September 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application datesLocation specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1077 - Download map (PDF) Vectorex Pty Ltd6227Mosquito Hill area - approx. 55 km SSE of Adelaide78 km207/07/2019 to 01/09/201902/09/2019 to 06/09/2019- River Murray Water Protection Area
- Wetlands of National Significance
ERA 1078 - Download map (PDF) Havilah Resources Limited5463Moolawatana area - approx. 145 km ESE of Marree15 km230/06/2019 to 01/09/201902/09/2019 to 06/09/2019- Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class B Zone
- Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1079 - Download map (PDF) TRK Resources Pty Ltd6178Mabel Creek area - approx. 45 km SW of Coober Pedy508 km228/06/2019 to 01/09/201902/09/2019 to 06/09/2019- Woomera Prohibited Area
- Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1080 - Download map (PDF)Nile Exploration Pty Ltd6182Oulnina Park area - approx. 250 km NNE of Adelaide603 km2  WITHDRAWN
ERA 1081 - Download map (PDF)Magnetite Mines Limited5974Outalpa area - approx. 25 km NE of Manna Hill46  km216/06/2019 to 01/09/201902/09/2019 to 06/09/2019-
ERA 1082 - Download map (PDF)Southern Coal Holdings Pty Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed)        (Administrators Appointed)5994Mabel Creek area - approx. 80 km SW of Coober Pedy494 km208/09/2019 to 01/09/201902/09/2019 to 06/09/2019- Woomera Prohibited Area
- Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1083 - Download map (PDF)Southern Coal Holdings Pty Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (Administrators Appointed)5995Commonwealth Hill area - approx. 80 km SSW of Coober Pedy256 km208/06/2019 to 01/09/201902/09/2019 to 06/09/2019- Woomera Prohibited Area
- Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1084 - Download map (PDF)Southern Coal Holdings Pty Ltd (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (Administrators Appointed)5718Ingomar area - approx. 40 km SW of Coober Pedy655 km221/06/2019 to 01/09/201902/09/2019 to 06/09/2019- Woomera Prohibited Area
- Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1085 - Download map (PDF)Peratherm Ltd5717Weekeroo area - approx. 30 km west of Olary52 km221/09/2019 to 01/09/201902/09/2019 to 06/09/2019-

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Application open dates (Application week): 07 October 2019 to 11 October 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application datesLocation specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1089 - Download map (PDF) BRRS Mining Pty Ltd6193Wilmington area - approx. 30 km east of Port Augusta328 km209/07/2019 to 06/10/201907/10/2019 to 11/10/2019Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class B Zone
ERA 1090 - Download map (PDF) Tasman Resources Ltd5849      Arcoona area - approx. 140 km NNE of Port Augusta149  km231/07/2019 to 06/10/201907/10/2019 to 06/10/2019Nil

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