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In South Australia mineral exploration licence holders have a statutory requirement to submit data and reports on their activities

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The statutory requirement for the submission of data obtained during mineral exploration ensures this data can be effectively captured to ensure future availability to the exploration industry.

The data must be submitted in digital format and in accordance with the Australian Requirements for the Submission of Digital Exploration Data.

More about the requirements regarding mineral exploration activities in South Australia

Licensees have a statutory requirement to:

  • submit reports and samples for mineral exploration licences (ELs) in South Australia
  • ensure integrity of data
  • comply with South Australian Government policies pursuant to the Mining Act 1971 and Mining Regulations 2011.

These requirements are in place to ensure that:

  • exploration progress, in accordance with licence conditions, can be assessed
  • data obtained in the course of exploration can be effectively captured to ensure future availability to the exploration industry.

Mineral exploration reporting guidelines

MG13 Mineral exploration reporting guidelines for South AustraliaThe Minerals Regulatory Guideline MG13 Mineral exploration reporting guidelines for South Australia (PDF 514 KB) has been produced to assist exploration licence holders in the preparation and submission of statutory reports (i.e. Annual Expenditure reports, Technical and Partial Surrender reports) for mineral exploration licences in South Australia.

The guidelines are in line with national standards on the reporting of digital exploration data, and the content of exploration reports. The timely submission of these reports in a standardised format assists the South Australian Government's Mineral Resources Division to deliver effective and efficient regulation, and facilitate the timely and efficient release of surrendered ground and data to industry.

The current statutory requirement, pursuant to the Mining Act 1971, to submit a "Six Monthly Summary Report" is being replaced with an "Annual Expenditure Report".

Annual Expenditure Reports

  • Submission of an annual expenditure report will come into effect on 1st July 2017.
  • Submission will align with the current annual technical reporting timeframes.
  • A digital copy of the report must be submitted within 60 days of each anniversary of the granting of a licence.
  • Reports must be submitted on the standard form Annual Expenditure Report on mineral exploration licence (DOC).
  • EL holders will be sent an email reminder on the anniversary date stating that the report(s) are due in 60 days.
  • There will be a transition period from six-monthly summary reports to annual expenditure reports - the automatic email report reminders will provide you with the correct report required.

Compliance reporting

Exploration compliance reports (ECR) will be required for all exploration activities conducted on exploration licences (EL), mineral claims (MC) and retention leases (RL) where an exploration PEPR has been approved pursuant to Part 10A of the Mining Act 1971. The reporting periods and minimum information required to be submitted in an ECR is specified within Ministerial Determination 012 (MD012).

Where activities have been conducted in accordance with the generic program for environment protection and rehabilitation – low impact mineral exploration in South Australia (generic PEPR; Ministerial Determination 001), an ECR is not required. However, the Minister (or delegate) reserves the right to request an ECR for activities conducted in accordance with the generic PEPR for audit purposes, or where there may be reason to believe that the generic PEPR outcomes are not being achieved.

Where an exploration PEPR has been approved for activities not covered by the generic PEPR, an ECR must be submitted for:

  • each individual EL; or
  • a single report covering all tenements included within joint reporting arrangements agreed to with the Minister (or delegate).

An ECR Template has been developed to assist explorers to meet the requirements of MD012, and facilitate effective and timely assessment by the Mineral Resources Division.

ECRs must be submitted using this template:

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Notification of an airborne survey

The licensee/operator of the exploration licence is required to provide written notification of any proposed airborne surveys to the Department prior to undertaking this work. A standard form, Notification of an airborne survey on a mineral exploration licence (DOCX 845 KB), is required to be submitted.

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Mineral exploration licence information

The Earth Science Information Sheet M05 Mineral exploration licences - general conditions, procedures and information (PDF 1.4MB) provides general guidelines relating to the regulation of mineral exploration in South Australia.

Refer to page 3 of the information sheet, under the section headed 'Expenditure requirements', for details of allowable expenditure in the 6 monthly Summary Report form.

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National mineral exploration reporting standards

Mineral exploration reporting should conform to the national standard developed by the Chief Government Geologists' Committee (CGGC). This standard includes Australian requirements for the submission of digital.

National standards to facilitate the creation of geochemical, drilling and other point located data in the required templates has been developed to assist with compliance with the reporting guidelines.

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Submitting reports

To submit forms electronically save the files to your hard drive and attach each document to an email addressed to: marked for the attention of the EL Reporting Officer.

  • Reports up to 20 MB can be sent via email
  • Reports greater than 20 MB should be submitted via FTP, on CD/DVD or USB
Mail CD/DVD or USB to:Hand deliver or courier to:

EL Reporting Officer
Mineral Resources Division
Department for Energy and Mining
GPO Box 320
South Australia 5001

EL Reporting Officer
Mineral Resources Division
Department for Energy and Mining
7th Floor, 101 Grenfell Street
South Australia 5000 

Hard copies are no longer accepted.

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For more information, contact:

EL Reporting Officer
Mineral Resources Division
Department for Energy and Mining

+61 8 8463 3060