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SA Mineral and/or Opal Exploration Licence Applications


This dataset and its metadata statement were supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and are presented here as originally supplied.

Location of all current mineral exploration licences issued under the Mining Act 1971. Exploration licences provide exclusive tenure rights to explore for mineral resources for up to a maximum of 5 years. Comment is sought on applications for exploration licences from numerous sources before granting. Exploration programs are subject to strict environmental and heritage conditions. Exploitation of identified resources must be made under separate mineral production leases.



The dataset was developed to record information necessary for the administration of the Mining Act.


Used to supply government, industry and the general public with an up-to-date status and extent of mineral and/or opal exploration licence application activities throughout the state.

Use limitation:

The data should not be used at a scale larger than 1:50 000.

Dataset History


Source data history: Exploration Licence application boundaries were sourced from the official Mining Register licence application documents. Licence application boundaries are legally defined to follow lines of latitude and longitude. The register has existed since 1930.

Processing steps: Coordinates entered by keyboard from licence application documents. Linework cleaned to remove duplicate arcs. Data adjusted for accurate state border and coastline. Where appropriate cadastral parcels removed from licence application polygons. Associated attribute data also captured from licence application documents.

Dataset Citation

SA Department of Primary Industries and Resources (2014) SA Mineral and/or Opal Exploration Licence Applications. Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 12 December 2018, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/064b4ce1-cbf9-4cd3-ad2e-4d1a677c70b8.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title SA Mineral and/or Opal Exploration Licence Applications
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/, (c) The Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy, the Government of South Australia, Geoscientific Data, (Sourced in 2013), http://www.minerals.dmitre.sa.gov.au/geological_survey_of_sa/data
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/b546a6f2-c4c9-485f-add8-58ed0130317a
Date Published 2016-03-23
Date Updated 2022-04-13
Contact Point
Bioregional Assessment Program
Temporal Coverage 2016-03-23 00:00:00
Geospatial Coverage POLYGON ((141 -38.5, 141 -26, 129 -26, 129 -38.5, 141 -38.5))
Jurisdiction South Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Bioregional Assessment Program