About ERAs

Under the Mining Act 1971 (1 January 2021 version) an expired, fully surrendered or cancelled mineral exploration licence area becomes relinquished ground and will be released to industry as an 'exploration release area (ERA)'.

In accordance with Section 28(6) of the Mining Act 1971 the areas shown in the tables below have been released as ERAs.

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

Submitting applications

Applications may be submitted during the application week by completing and lodging the online form.

The ERA application wizard allows users to apply and lodge an ERA application via SARIG.

Application fees

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

The fee schedule, a fee calculator and FAQs are available from:

More information

More information about ERAs and the application process is available in the exploration licences guideline MG33:

A list of ERAs including former tenement holder and status of the ERA is available for download:

Current exploration release areas

Application open dates 01 August to 26 August 2022

The open dates for these exploration release areas have been extended until 26 August 2022 as they were not correctly identified on SARIG during the initial open period.

ERA number and mapLocality Area km2Open for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1206 Download map (PDF) Mount Sarah area approximately 50 km north-northeast of Oodnadatta 924 km201/08/2022 to 26/08/2022 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 1207 Download map (PDF) Whyte-Yarcowie area approximately 25 km east of Jamestown 95 km201/08/2022 to 26/08/2022 Nil
ERA 1208 Download map (PDF) Salt Creek area approximately 175 km southeast of Adelaide 11 km201/08/2022 to 26/08/2022 Coorong National Park (abutting), Wetland of National Importance (abutting)


Application open dates 19 September to 30 September 2022

For this release we have put together a package of information on the area including factsheets, articles, links to papers and presentations, datasets, maps and geological models.

You can access all the information from ERA repository: http://dem-era.s3-website-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com

ERA number and mapLocality Area km2Open for application dates Location specific aspect / ERA specific criteria
ERA 1209 Download map (PDF) Karoonda area approximately 5 km west of Karoonda 34 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1210 Download map (PDF) Perponda area approximately 10 km north of Karoonda 287 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1211 Download map (PDF) Copeville area approximately 25 km northwest of Karoonda 85 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1212 Download map (PDF) Bakara area approximately 30 km southeast of Swan Reach 113 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1213 Download map (PDF) Bakara Well area approximately 30 km east of Swan Reach 469 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area. 
ERA 1214 Download map (PDF) Caliph area approximately 50 km east of Swan Reach 432 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area
Matung Conservation Park

ERA 1215 Download map (PDF) Alawoona area approximately 60 km northeast of Karoonda 497 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1216 Download map (PDF) Malpas area approximately 20 km south of Loxton 677 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1217 Download map (PDF) Meribah area approximately 30 km southeast of Loxton 654 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1218 Download map (PDF) Karte area approximately 20 km north of Pinnaroo 577 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1219 Download map (PDF) Karte area approximately 30 km northeast of Lameroo 462 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area

ERA 1220 Download map (PDF) Sandalwood area approximately 30 km east of Karoonda 449 km219/09/2022 to 30/09/2022 Describe how your proposed exploration program will increase the understanding of base and precious metal potential and accelerate new discoveries of these deposits in the area.

Mallee Prescribed Wells Area
Billiat Conservation Park