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MRGMG4MG4 Guidelines: landowner rights and access arrangements in relation to mineral exploration and mining in South Australia (PDF 5.0 MB)
Version 2.2 July 2020

Part 1: information about landowner statutory rights and what may be expected in regards to proposed exploration and mining operations on (or near) property.

Part 2: information for explorers on the principles of effective engagement and consultation.


Community guide to early and advanced exploration activities in South AustraliaMG27 Community guide to early and advanced exploration activities in South Australia (PDF 4.9MB)

It is important that landowners, including native title groups, understand the business of mineral exploration to be able to make informed decisions. This guide:

  • provides landowners, land managers, native title and community groups with an overview of mineral exploration in South Australia
  • outlines approvals required for land access and exploration, native title, Aboriginial heritage and protected areas.

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Exploration

MRGMG25MG25 Guidelines for explorers on Aboriginal engagement, good faith negotiation and agreement making (PDF 4.2 MB)

Early engagement is an integral part of the risk management strategy for exploration projects. This guideline, created in response to requests from explorers, includes basic information on how to commence engagement with native title groups or other traditional owners to facilitate land access for mineral exploration. The information, while targeted at explorers, may also be of use to researchers and other land users seeking to clarify any possible impacts of their project on Aboriginal rights and interests.

The advice is general in application and native title groups will, once contacted, provide more specific advice on how they wish to proceed according to their individual preferences.


MRGMG4MG4 Guidelines: landowner rights and access arrangements in relation to mineral exploration and mining in South Australia (PDF 5.0 MB)
Version 2.2 July 2014

Part 1: information about landowner statutory rights and what may be expected in regards to proposed exploration and mining operations on (or near) property.

Part 2: information for explorers on the principles of effective engagement and consultation.

Community guide to early and advanced exploration activities in South AustraliaMG27 Community guide to early and advanced exploration activities in South Australia (PDF 4.9MB)

It is important that landowners, including native title groups, understand the business of mineral exploration to be able to make informed decisions. This guide:

  • provides landowners, land managers, native title and community groups with an overview of mineral exploration in South Australia
  • outlines approvals required for land access and exploration, native title, Aboriginial heritage and protected areas.

MRGMG23-1MG 24 Establishing and registering a mineral claim in South Australia (PDF 2.6 MB)

A mineral claim is a type of mining tenement under the Mining Act, and is an important step towards applying for a mineral lease. Establishing and registering a claim requires negotiations regarding land access and other authorisations, agreements and consents before pegging the claim.

This guideline sets out how you go about establishing and registering a mineral claim and what you can do on the claim once it is registered.


MG08 Preparation of PEPR for low impact mineral explorationMG8 Preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for low impact mineral exploration in South Australia (PDF 560 KB)
Version 2.0 August 2015

The generic PEPR for low impact mineral exploration in South Australia has been developed by the Department for Energy and Mining to ensure that low impact activities are conducted in a manner that will reduce any potential environmental impacts and facilitate the approval process.

These guidelines describe the scope of low impact exploration activities, relevant environmental aspects, land access and/or consultation requirements, and management of environmental impacts.


March 2018 

In South Australia mineral exploration licence holders have a statutory requirement under the Mining Act 1971 and Mining Regulations 2011 to submit data and reports on their activities.

These guidelines have been produced to assist licensees in the preparation and submission of statutory reports and samples for mineral exploration licences in South Australia and to ensure integrity of data and compliance with the Mineral Resources Division's policies.

Submission of reports and samples allows for assessment of exploration progress, in accordance with licence conditions, and ensures that data obtained in the course of exploration can be effectively captured to ensure future availability to the exploration industry.


May 2017
Expired, surrendered or cancelled mineral exploration licence areas may be released to industry as an 'exploration release area (ERA)'. An ERA is released for a minimum 4-week moratorium period after which it is open for application from Monday to Friday (the application week) immediately following the moratorium period. Valid applications are assessed via a competitive process rather than on a 'first come, first served' basis.

These guidelines discuss the Department's policies and procedures regarding ERAs, outline the predefined set of assessment criteria against which applications over an ERA will be assessed, and the competitive process for applying for an ERA.


Download Radioactive core storage and handling - standard operating procedure MG20: Radioactive core storage and handling: standard operating procedure (PDF 4.0 MB)
Version 1.0, February 2016

By its nature, some drill core contains radioactive material. This document provides practical guidelines for staff and visitors of the South Australia Drill Core Reference Library in the storage and handling of radioactive drill core.


Version 2.0 July 2015

A condition of the approval given for proposed drilling for minerals in South Australia is that mineral exploration licence holders provide the Department for Energy and Mining with geological samples obtained during the course of operations.

These guidelines provide advice on sample selection, quantities required, labelling and required accompanying information.


MRGMG22-1MG22 Guidelines for conducting mineral exploration in South Australia (PDF 872 KB)

Guidance for explorers when conducting mineral exploration within South Australia, and advice on the preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for submission and approval under the Mining Act and regulations.

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Mining: regulation processes

MRGMG1MG1 Guidelines for miners: mining approval processes in South Australia (PDF 1.3 MB)
Version 2, May 2015

Note: This guideline is out of date and is currently under review. Contact our customer service team on +61 8 8463 3000  for advice regarding the mining approval processes in South Australia.


MRGMG4MG4 Guidelines: landowner rights and access arrangements in relation to mineral exploration and mining in South Australia (PDF 5.0 MB)
Version 2.2 July 2014

Part 1: information about landowner statutory rights and what may be expected in regards to proposed exploration and mining operations on (or near) property.

Part 2: information for explorers on the principles of effective engagement and consultation.

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Mining: regulatory guidelines

Minerals Regulatory Guideline MG2aMG2a Preparation of a mining proposal for metallic and industrial minerals (PDF 2.6 MB)
Updated May 2020 

A mining proposal is required to support an application for a mineral lease or a miscellaneous purposes licence. It provdes a structured assessment of the impacts to the environment associated with the proposed mining operations, taking into consideration the environmental setting and views of stakeholders.

Note that this guideline is exclusively for metallic and industrial minerals.


Minerals Regulatory Guideline MG2bMG2b Preparation of a PEPR for metallic and industrial minerals (PDF 2.6 MB)
Updated May 2020

Detailed information to assist the tenement holder on how to prepare a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) that meets requlatory requirements. Includes updates to waste rock and tailings storage facilities (Section 3.3.6.1), format and submission of PEPR documents (Section 4), assessment of proposed changes to a mining operation (Section 8); addition regarding SEB in pastoral country (Section 3.3.8), PIRSA Pastoral Unit contact information (Section 10).

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Mining: technical guidelines

MRGMG5MG5 Guidelines for miners: tailings and tailings storage facilities in South Australia
This guideline is currently being reviewed. A replacement document will be published in the second half of 2020.

The revised guideline will describe the principles to be followed and desired outcome for tailings and tailings storage facilities (TSF) management, and outline the process to be followed to ensure environmental, social and economic risks are considered and appropriately controlled.


Development of environmental outcomes for quarrying and miningMG30: Development of environmental outcomes for quarrying and mining (PDF 1.1 MB)
Published April 2020

This guideline has been developed to improve efficiency and clarity for quarrying and mining applicants, and assist proponents and stakeholders by:

  • providing regulator-approved environmental outcome wording
  • providing a better understanding of government and stakeholder expectations regarding appropriate environmental outcomes, enabling these to be considered at early project planning stages
  • ensuring consistency of environmental outcomes
  • explaining the regulatory and policy principles that apply to the setting of environmental outcomes.

MRGMG16MG16 Guide for a significant environmental benefit for the clearance of native vegetation associated with the minerals and petroleum industry (PDF 2 MB)
Native Vegetation Council, August 2017

All mining, petroleum and geothermal operations (other than exploration) that involve the clearance of native vegetation must be undertaken in accordance with a management plan that the Native Vegetation Council is confident will result in a significant environmental benefit.

This guide provides operators that undertake activities subject to the Mining Act 1971 or the Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Act 2000 with an understanding of the process for obtaining approval to clear native vegetation and the significant environmental benefit requirements under the Native vegetation Act 1991 and Native Vegetation Regulations 2017.


Version 1.0, August 2013

Landscape function analysis (LFA) is a monitoring tool to qualify landscape sustainability. Mining lease operators can use the tool when developing a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) or a mine rehabilitation monitoring program.

This document introduces the concept of LFA and provides easy to use instructions for LFA in mine rehabilitation monitoring programs, including how to report LFA. It is designed to be used in conjunction with its companion volume, MG21 Field guide for landscape function analysis for environmental monitoring and assessment (PDF 15.9 MB)


September 2013

Landscape function analysis (LFA) is a monitoring tool to qualify landscape sustainability. Mining lease operators can use the tool when developing a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) or a mine rehabilitation monitoring program. An overview of LFA and step-by-step guide in how to conduct LFA.

The document provides an overview of LFA and step-by-step guide in how to conduct an LFA.

It is designed to be used in conjunction with its companion volume, MG19 Guidelines for data entry and reporting of landscape function analysis (PDF 1.9 MB)

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Extractive minerals

Guidelines to assist with the preparation of a program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) for surface quarrying operations authorised under an extractive minerals lease (EML) and any associated miscellaneous purposes licence (MPL). The guidelines specify the minimum information required to be provided in the PEPR.


These guidelines only apply to operations authorised under a private mine. The guidelines provide detailed information to private mine operators on how to prepare a MOP.


MRGMG23-1MG23 Preparation of a mining proposal and program for environment protection and rehabilitation for quarries in South Australia with defined impacts (PDF 2.8

This guideline is exclusively for extractive minerals and has been prepared by the department to assist small-scale quarry applicants in preparation of a mining proposal (MP) required under section 35 the Mining Act 1971 that must accompany an application for an extractive minerals lease (EML) and program for environment protection and rehabilitation (PEPR) required under section 70B of the Mining Act for authorising operations on EMLs.


The holder of an extractive mineral lease or the owner of a private mine is responsible for rehabilitaion of that lease or mine. Contributions from a specified proportion of the royalty paid on each tonne of quarry product sold are paid to the extractive areas rehabilitation fund (EARF). EARF is administered by the Department for Energy and Mining and provides a mechanism to fund certain rehabilitation activities on extractive mineral sites.