Mining projects can be complex, involving:

  • multiple assessments
  • significant environmental challenges
  • high expectations from a large variety of stakeholders
  • large-scale infrastructure requirements.

The South Australian Government recognises the effort and expense required of proponents wanting to take these projects from discovery to development.

The Department for Energy and Mining provides a case management for mining projects within its Mineral Resources Division to assist proponents with mining proposals and developments. You can learn more about the department’s case management function.

The below table highlights developing mining projects. These are projects which are typically in the early stages of planning and development. Proponents may be undertaking feasibility studies, conducting advanced exploratory operations or preparing mining proposals. After this work is completed and the project progressed, the required approvals will be sought, and the proposal assessed by the department.

Project and company information Commodity
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Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd
Heavy minerals Approximately 200 km northwest of Ceduna Feasibility studies
Sinosteel Uranium SA Pty Ltd
Hematite (Fe2O3)
Magnetite (Fe3O4)
Kalabity area 45 km north of Olary Exploration
Terramin Australia Limited
Gold (Au) 25 km east of Adelaide, 3 km east of Woodside, Adelaide Hills


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Dragon Resources Investment Pty Ltd
Magnetite (Fe3O4) 9 km north of Cowell, Eyre Peninsula JORC resource defined  
Crocker Well Uranium Project
Sinosteel Uranium SA Pty Ltd
Uranium (U3O8) 160 km west of Broken Hill, 400 km north of Adelaide in the Curnamona region JORC resource defined
Elizabeth Creek
Coda Minerals Ltd
Copper (Cu), Cobalt (Co), Silver (Ag) Approximately 35 km southeast of Woomera and 135 km northwest of Port Augusta JORC resource defined
Perilya Ltd 
Zinc (Zn) Near Leigh Creek JORC resource defined
Fremantle Doctor
OZ Minerals
OZ Exploration Pty Ltd
Copper (Cu), Gold (Au), Silver (Ag) Central South Australia on the eastern margin of the Gawler Craton JORC resource defined

Fusion Magnetite Project
Lincoln Minerals

Magnetite (Fe3O4) Approximately 35 km north of Port Lincoln on Southern Eyre Peninsula JORC resource defined
Goulds Dam
Boss Uranium Pty Ltd
Uranium (U3O8) Approximately 400 km north of Adelaide in the Curnamona region JORC resource defined
Havilah Resources 
Hematite (Fe2O3)
Magnetite (Fe3O4)
Mingary area, approximately 42 km northeast of Olary JORC resource defined 
Junction Dam
Marmota Energy Ltd
Uranium (U3O8) 50 km west of Broken Hill (10 km east of the Honeymoon uranium mine) JORC resource defined

Havilah Resources NL

Copper (Cu), Gold (Au) North of Olary Assessment

OZ Minerals Ltd

Copper (Cu), Gold (Au), Silver (Ag)  10 km NW of Carrapateena Advanced exploration
Havilah Resources Ltd
Magnetite (Fe3O4) Approximately 28 km south of the Barrier Highway, 300 km east of Port Pirie Assessment

Menninnie Dam
Terramin Australia Ltd

Lead (Pb), Zinc (Zn), Silver (Ag) Northern Eyre Peninsula, 160 km WNW of the Port Pirie lead smelter JORC resource defined

Havilah Resurces Ltd

Copper (Cu), Cobalt (Co) Approximately 60 km W of Broken Hill and 16 km south of transcontinental railway Feasibility studies

Mutooroo Magnetite Project
Minotaur Exploration Pty Ltd

Joint venture partner with Sumitomo Metal Mining Oceana Pty Ltd

 Magnetite (Fe3O4) Approximately 100 km SW of Broken Hill JORC resource defined
North Portia
Consolidated Mining and Civil Pty Ltd
Copper (Cu), Gold (Au), Molybdenum (Mo) Approximately 80 km west of Broken Hill and approximately 500 m north of Portia operating mine JORC resource defined
Oakdale Graphite Project
Oakdale Resources Limited
Graphite Approximately 40 km from Cummins, central Eyre Peninsula JORC resource defined
Investigator Resources Ltd
Silver (Ag) Northern Eyre Peninsula approximately 500 km NW of Adelaide Feasibility studies

Razorback Iron Ore Project
Magnetite Mines Pty Ltd

Magnetite (Fe3O4) 240 km NNE of Adelaide  Feasibility studies
Samphire Project
Alligator Energy Ltd
Uranium (U3O8 Approximately 20 km southwest of Whyalla on Eyre Peninsula

JORC resource defined

Cu-River Mining Australia Pty Ltd
Magnetite (Fe3O4) 12 km SW of the Cairn Hill mine, 3 km east of the Stuart Highway JORC resource defined
Iluka Pty Ltd
Heavy Minerals Approximately 200 km NW of Ceduna Feasibility studies
Iluka Resources Ltd
Heavy Minerals Approximately 100 km NW of Ceduna  JORC resource defined
Tunkillia2 Ltd
Barton Gold Pty Ltd 
Gold (Au), Silver (Ag) Approximately 600 km NW of Adelaide Developing mining proposal
Iluka Resources Ltd
Heavy Minerals Approximately 200 km NW of Ceduna Feasibility studies
Andromeda Metals Ltd  
Binding agreement with Lady Alice Mines Pty Ltd (Cobra Resources Plc)             
Gold (Au) Wudinna region, central-northern Eyre Peninsula JORC resource defined