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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 (PDF).

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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): 04 November 2019 to 08 November 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1074 - Download map (PDF) Flinders Power Partnership 4258 Port Wakefield area - approx. 50 km NW of Two Wells 969 km2 11/07/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 Bowmans Lignite Deposit (Southern)
ERA 1075 - Download map (PDF) Flinders Power Partnership 4258 Bumbunga area - approx. 30 km N of Port Wakefield 529  km2 11/07/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 Lochiel Lignite Deposit (part) (Northern)
ERA 1076 - Download map (PDF) Flinders Power Partnership 4845 Bumbunga Lake area - immediately NE of Lochiel 889 km2 11/07/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 Lochiel Lignite Deposit (part) subsurface rights only - Lake Bumbunga
ERA 1091 - Download map (PDF) Yandan Gold Mines Pty Ltd 5813 Yankaninna area - approx. 60 km NE of Leigh Creek 145 03/09/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1092 - Download map (PDF) Yandan Gold Mines Pty Ltd 6209 Dawson area - approx. 60 km NE of Jamestown 309  km2 03/09/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 -
ERA 1093 - Download map (PDF) Chilake Resources Pty Ltd 6225 Wonna area - approx. 40 km east of Jamestown 95  km2 15/08/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 -
ERA 1094 - Download map (PDF) BRRS Mining Pty Ltd 6231 Willippa area - approx. 100 km NNW of Yunta 26 km2 23/08/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 -
ERA 1095 - Download map (PDF) BRRS Mining Pty Ltd 6233 Minvalara area - approx. 90 km ENE of Port Pirie 312  km2 23/08/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 -
ERA 1096 - Download map (PDF) BRRS Mining Pty Ltd 6234 Yarrah area - approx. 40 km NE of Port Augusta 279  km2 23/08/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class A/B Zone
ERA 1097 - Download map (PDF) Marmosa Pty Ltd 6125 Kaiton area - approx. 100 km NW of Adelaide 28 km2 27/08/2019 to 03/11/2019 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 -

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Application open dates (Application week): 02 December 2019 to 06 December 2019

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1098 - Download map (PDF) Tarcoola Metals Pty Ltd 5619 Wilgena area - approx. 10 km north of Tarcoola 6 km2 21/05/2019 to 01/12/2019 02/12/2019 to 06/12/2019 Woomera Prohibited Area
ERA 1099 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5477 Coorabie area - approx. 130 km west-northwest of Ceduna 35 km2 16/09/2019 to 01/12/2019 02/12/2019 to 06/12/2019 Wahgunyah Conservation Park
ERA 1100 - Download map (PDF) Daktyloi Metals Pty Ltd 6075 Worumba area - approx. 100 km northeast of Port Augusta 122 km2 18/09/2019 to 01/12/2019 02/12/2019 to 06/12/2019 Flinders Development Plan - Environment Class B Zone
ERA 1101 - Download map (PDF) PNX Metals Limited 5491       Minlaton area - approx. 100 km northwest of Adelaide 257   km2 30/05/2019 to 01/12/2019 02/12/2019 to 06/12/2019 Gum Flat - Wetland of National Significance

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