The Mining Act 1971, Mines and Works Inspection Act 1920 and Opal Mining Act 1995, along with associated Mining Regulations 2020, Mines and Works Inspection Regulations 2013 and Opal Mining Regulations 2012, provide the framework for regulating the mineral exploration and mining sectors in South Australia.

The Mining Acts and related regulations are administered by the Minister for Energy and Mining, the Director of Mines and the regulator, which is made up of authorised officers and other delegates in the Department for Energy and Mining (DEM).

The Mining Acts and revised regulations can be downloaded from the South Australian Government Legislation website: