A mining tenement is a claim, lease or licence under the Mining Act 1971.

A mineral claim provides an exclusive right to prospect for minerals within the claim area for 12 months, and to apply for a mining lease over all or a portion of the claim.

An exploration licence (EL) is the principal title issued for exploration in South Australia and authorises the licensee, subject to the Mining Act, regulations and conditions of the licence, to explore for all minerals and/or opal other than extractive minerals.

A mining lease must be obtained before any production of minerals can commence. The mining lease gives the exclusive right to conduct mining operations and sell the minerals specified in conditions attached to the lease. There are two types of mining leases:

  • an extractive minerals lease (EML) for most construction materials
  • a mineral lease (ML) for other minerals (excluding precious stones - see Opal mining)

Note: There are time limits within which appropriate forms and fees must be lodged for mineral claims, leases and licences.

The Mining Registrar is required by law to keep a register of these mining tenements (see Mining Register).

Current mineral tenements

Information about mineral exploration licence applications, licences, licence holders, exploration release areas and production tenement holders is published in the following information sheets (real-time updates):

South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

Information about current mineral tenements is available from the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG).

Download a preset map showing current mineral tenements

SARIG can also be used to:

  • Identify ground open for exploration licence application
  • Download exploration data and reports
  • Apply online for new exploration licences and renewals
  • Track the processing status of an EL application
  • Download and print state maps (updated daily) including:
    • Mineral exploration tenement applications
    • Mineral exploration licences
    • Mineral exploration release areas
    • Mineral production tenements
    • Land access considerations, for example parks, Aboriginal land, Defence lands

Learn more about the South Australian Resources Information Gateway (SARIG)

For more information

Mineral Tenements
Phone: +61 8 8463 3103
Email: DEM.Tenements@sa.gov.au

Maps and historical information are available from:

Customer Services
Phone: +61 8 8463 3000
Email: resources.customerservices@sa.gov.au