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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 are released.

Note that the Minister for Mineral Resources 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 7, 101 Grenfell Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
  • by facsimile to +61 8 8463 3101
  • by email to dpc.tenements@sa.gov.au

Application fees

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

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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 June 2018 to 08 June 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 963 - Download map (PDF) Renascor Resources Ltd 5859 Western Lake Gairdner area - Approx 100 km SE of Tarcoola 421 km2 21/02/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Geological Monument (Kokatha)
ERA 964 - Download map (PDF) Minotaur Operations Ltd 5905 Narlaby area - approx 90 km NE of Streaky Bay 203 km2 08/03/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 -
ERA 968 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Hiltaba Area – approx. 110 km northeast of Streaky Bay 958 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Yellabinna Regional Reserve
ERA 969 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Narlaby Area – approx. 80 km northeast of Streaky Bay 887 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Yellabinna Regional Reserve (part)
ERA 970 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Kokatha Area – approx. 190 km northeast of Streaky Bay 731 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 -
ERA 971 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Lake Everard Area – approx. 140 km northeast of Streaky Bay 960 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Pureba Conservation Park (part)
ERA 972 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Yellabinna Area – approx. 120 km northeast of Streaky Bay 1,062 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 -
ERA 973 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Pinjarra Station Area – approx. 100 km northeast of Streaky Bay 673 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 -
ERA 974 - Download map (PDF) n/a n/a Lake Everard Area – approx. 120 km northeast of Streaky Bay 724 km2 04/04/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Pureba Conservation Park (part)
ERA 975 - Download map (PDF) Pure Manganese Pty Ltd 5391 West Lake Blanche area - approx 120 km NE of Marree 377 km2 26/03/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 976 - Download map (PDF) Alloy Resources Pty Ltd 5577 Martins Well area - approx 130km SE of Leigh Creek 614 km2 12/03/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 -
ERA 977 - Download map (PDF) Uranium Generation Pty Ltd 5192 Yerelina Area - approx 90 km NE of Leigh Creek 470 km2 11/03/2018 to 03/06/2018 04/06/2018 to 08/06/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area

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Application open dates (Application week): 02 July 2018 to 06 July 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 978 - Download map (PDF) Verdant Minerals Ltd 5546 Lake Frome South area - approx 130km ESE of Leigh Creek 949 km2 26/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 Lake Frome Regional Reserve; Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Inland Saline Lakes Wetland of National Importance; Great Artesian Basin Springs
ERA 979 - Download map (PDF) Verdant Minerals Ltd 5547 Lake Frome area - approx 130km east of Leigh Creek 995 km2 26/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 Lake Frome Regional Reserve; Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Inland Saline Lakes Wetland of National Importance; Great Artesian Basin Springs
ERA 980 - Download map (PDF) Verdant Minerals Ltd 5548 Lake Frome North area - 140km ENE of Leigh Creek 774 km2 26/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 Lake Frome Regional Reserve; Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Inland Saline Lakes Wetland of National Importance; Great Artesian Basin Springs
ERA 981 - Download map (PDF) Rex Minerals (SA) Pty Ltd 5883 Crystal Brook area - approx 180 km north of Adelaide 29 km2 26/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 Upper Spencer Gulf Wetland of National Importance
ERA 982 - Download map (PDF) Iluka (Eucla Basin) Pty Ltd 5501 Penong A area - approximately 70km NW of Ceduna 490 km2 26/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 Yumbarra Conservation Park; Yellabinna Regional Reserve
ERA 983 - Download map (PDF) Yunta Area 1 - Winnininnie Area - approx. 95 km northeast of Peterborough 969 km2 26/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 -
ERA 984 - Download map (PDF) Yunta Area 2 - Koonamore Area - approx. 110 km northeast of Peterborough 529 km2 26/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 -
ERA 985 - Download map (PDF) Yunta Area 3 - Minburra Station Area - approx. 90 km northeast of Peterborough 889 km2 26/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 -
ERA 986 - Download map (PDF) Gawler Resources Pty Ltd 5857 Barna Hill area - approx 20 km ESE of Kimba 56 km2 27/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 -
ERA 987 - Download map (PDF) Minotaur Operations Pty Ltd 5395 Kyancutta area - Approximately 80km West of Kimba 155 km2 16/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 -
ERA 988 - Download map (PDF) Red Metal Limited 5404 Davenport area - approximately 120km SE of Oodnadatta 115 km2 01/05/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018 Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Great Artesian Basin Springs
ERA 989 - Download map (PDF) Gawler Resources Pty Ltd 5406 Botenella Gate area - Approx 125 km SW of Port Augusta 66 km2 20/04/2018 to 01/07/2018 02/07/2018 to 06/07/2018
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Application open dates (Application week): 06 August 2018 to 10 August 2018

ERA number and mapFormer holderFormer ELLocality Area km2 Moratorium periodOpen for application dates ERA specific criteria
ERA 990 - Download map (PDF) Rex Minerals (Iron Ore) Limited5070Kooralla area - approx 15 km East of Cowell42 km224/10/2017 to 05/08/2018 06/08/2018 to 10/08/2018Franklin Harbour Wetland of National Importance
ERA 991 - Download map (PDF) Rex Minerals (SA) Pty Ltd        5133Port Pirie area - approx. 240 km north of Adelaide72 km2 02/08/2017 to 05/08/2018 06/08/2018 to 10/08/2018Upper Spencer Gulf Wetland of National Importance
ERA 992 - Download map (PDF) GBE Exploration Pty Ltd5231Binda Bounda area - approx. 150 km east-southeast of Coober Pedy352 km2 02/05/2018 to 05/08/2018 06/08/2018 to 10/08/2018Woomera Prohibited Area; Far North Prescribed Wells Area
ERA 993- Download map (PDF)DiamondCo Limited5780Nilpinna area - approx. 105 km southeast of Oodnadatta66 km213/05/2018 to 05/08/201806/08/2018 to 10/08/2018Far North Prescribed Wells Area; Great Artesian Basin Springs
ERA 994- Download map (PDF)Curnamona Energy Pty Limited5965Billeroo area - approx. 100 km north of Olary129 km205/06/2018 to 05/08/201806/08/2018 to 10/08/2018Far North Wells Area

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