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SA Mineral and/or Opal Exploration Licenses


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. An exploration licence (EL) authorises the licensee, subject to the Act, Regulations and conditions of the licence, to explore for all minerals and/or opal other than extractive minerals (i.e. building construction materials). Licences are normally granted for a 1 or 2 year term. Application for renewal(s) up to maximum of 5 years and a subsequent licence can be made online (SARIG) or via a manual forms available on the DMITRE Minerals web site http://www.pir.sa.gov.au/minerals/forms_and_guidelines/prescribed_forms. An EL excludes current production mining tenements and any other areas not available for exploration. The M05 information sheet provides extended information on exploration licence general conditions and procedures https://sarigbasis.pir.sa.gov.au/WebtopEw/ws/samref/sarig1/image/DDD/ISM05.pdf

Data is available for download from SARIG in formats described in access section below (see document SAExplorationLicencesCurrent_MineralOpal_SHP.htm stored with the dataset).


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

Use: Used to supply government, industry and the general public with an up-to-date status and extent of mineral exploration activities throughout the state.

Dataset History

Source data history: Exploration licence boundaries were sourced from the official Mining Register licence application documents. Licence boundaries are legally defined to follow lines of latitude and longitude. The register has existed since 1930. Processing steps: Coordinates are entered from licence documents. Linework is cleaned to remove duplicate arcs. Data is adjusted for accurate state borders, coastline, areas reserved from the Mining Act and areas of no access for mineral exploration or production. Legal description is defined in AGD66 whilst data is spatially managed in GDA94 to conform to other spatial data. The data is updated in SARIG daily.

Dataset Citation

"SA Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy" (2014) SA Mineral and/or Opal Exploration Licenses. Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 12 December 2018, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/f54faf14-213f-4eb0-ad65-eecb0d68a8e2.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title SA Mineral and/or Opal Exploration Licenses
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/, (c) State of South Australia (Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy)
Data Status onGoing
Update Frequency daily
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/70217369-ecd4-47b7-a6c2-69ca7c265b58
Date Published 2016-03-23
Date Updated 2019-11-20
Contact Point
Bioregional Assessment Program
Temporal Coverage N/A - N/A
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