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Leading Practice Mining Acts Review - Statutes Amendment Bill released

South Australia is a resource rich state that has developed a reputation as one of the best jurisdictions in the world for exploring, developing and mining

South Australia continues to secure high ranking industry and third party endorsements across a broad range of mineral industry indicators.

JUMEX Survey 2016

go to JUMEX SurveySouth Australia ranked as the second most attractive investment destination for mineral exploration in Australia, with only Western Australia achieving a higher rating, according to the Grant Thornton Annual Survey of Junior Mining and Exploration Companies (released October 2016).

The report also found that there had been an improvement in market conditions for junior miners, and that gold was likely to attract investment in 2017, a significant opportunity for a state such as South Australia with substantial gold deposits

Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies 2015

Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies 2015South Australia continues to attract global attention for investment in mineral resources with three top ten world rankings for:

  • Geological databases (9th) - although on this category South Australia scored first in the world for 'geological databases that encourage investment'. This strong performance is consistent with results of previous years.
  • Legal system (5th)
  • Investment attractiveness (10th)


South Australia was ranked 11th in the world, and 2nd in Australia, for lowest risk resource investment destination according to RESOURCESTOCKS 2015 World Risk Mining Survey (released October 2015).

Mineral Council of Australia (MCA)

Scorecard results for 2012 (released in June 2013) reveal that South Australia leads all jurisdictions in Australia and New Zealand for the majority of mining approvals, environmental assessments and land access policies and regulation.

For more information, contact:

Peta Abbot
Principal Minerals Industry Analyst
Phone: +61 8 8463 3066