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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


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Application open dates (Application week): 06 July 2020 to 10 July 2020

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteriaFee zone
ERA 1133 Download map (PDF) Minotaur Operations Pty Ltd 6144 Garford area - appro. 140 km NW of Tarcoola 265 km2 16/04/2020 to  05/07/2020 06/07/2020 to 10/07/2020 - 2

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Application open dates (Application week): 03 August 2020 to 07 August 2020

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteriaFee zone
ERA 1134 Download map (PDF) Arckaringa Coal Chemical Joint Venture Co Pty Ltd 5676 England Hill area - approx. 110 km NW of Coober Pedy  920 km2 07/06/2019 to 02/08/2020 03/08/2020 to 07/08/2020 Far North Prescribed Wells area
Westfield Coal Deposit
2
ERA 1135 Download map (PDF) Arckaringa Coal Chemical Joint Venture Co Pty Ltd 5677 Arckaringa area approx. 110 km N of Coober Pedy 191 km2 07/06/2019 to 02/05/2020 03/08/2020 to 07/08/2020 Far North Well Prescribed Wells area
Wintinna Coal Deposit
2
ERA 1136 Download map (PDF) Arckaringa Coal Chemical Joint Venture Co Pty Ltd 5678 Copper Hill area approx. 120 km NNW of Coober Pedy 804
km2
07/06/2019 to 02/08/2020 03/08/2020 to 07/08/2020 Far North Prescribed Wells area
Murloocoppie Coal Deposit
2
ERA 1137 Download map (PDF) Monejinni Resources Pty Ltd 6153 Bulgunnia area - approx. 75 km NNW of Tarcoola 125 km2 17/05/2020 to 02/08/2020 03/08/2020 to 07/08/2020 Woomera Prohibited area  2

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Application open dates (Application week): 07 September to 11 September 2020

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteriaFee zone
ERA 1138 Download map (PDF)Copar Resources Pty Ltd6260Manners Well area - approx. 65 km NE of Parachilna995     km202/10/2019 to 06/09/202003/08/2020 to 07/08/2020Flinders Ranges Scenic/Tourism Area1
ERA 1139 Download map (PDF)Copar Resources Pty Ltd6261Narrina area - approx. 55 km ENE of Parachilna997 km202/10/2019 to 06/09/202003/08/2020 to 07/08/2020Flinders Ranges Scenic/Tourism Area1