Department of State Development

This is the chance for people and companies from all over the globe to discover South Australia’s truly remarkable minerals and mining capabilities.

You can engage with some of the brightest people in data science for mineral exploration, mining innovation and the latest in hi-tech transformation and learn how more and more companies are discovering new opportunities in South Australia.

Watch Q&A webinars on demand

Watch some of the brightest people in energy and mining discuss the latest trends and where these crucial industries are headed.

Terry Burgess

Dr Chris Giles

David Christensen

How South Australia is meeting global demand for responsibly sourced minerals 

Terry Burgess, Member of the Minerals and Energy Advisory Council
Dr Chris Giles, Technical Director, Havilah Resources 
David Christensen, Managing Director, Renascor Resources
28 July 2020
The importance of future minerals has escalated in recent years due to high technology applications, including electric vehicles and renewable energy. South Australia has significant global and national resources of future minerals including graphite (65 per cent of Australia’s resources) and zircon including the world’s largest zircon mine, Jacinth-Ambrosia, as well as cobalt, rare-earth elements and magnesium, manganese and gallium. South Australia’s Lot Fourteen and Tonsley innovation precincts, state university future minerals leadership, and Geological Survey of South Australia offer South Australia advanced thinking and potential in the development of technology and processing. There are increasing opportunities to grow a sustainable supply-chain that leverages the state’s natural resource endowment and research innovation, to become a global leader in the processing and export of these vital minerals.

Andrew McCulloch

Holly Bridgewater

Prof Javen Shi

Data science: The new frontier in mineral exploration 

Andrew McCulloch, Exploration Futurist, OZ Minerals
Holly Bridgwater, Industry Lead, Unearthed Solutions 
Prof Javen Shi, Director in Advanced Releasing and Learning, Australian Institute of Machine Learning 
23 July 2020
South Australia is undergoing a boom in machine learning that promises to change the investment landscape to bring forward prized mineral discoveries. The state has also curated a vast treasure trove of open-file quality geo-information luring the world’s innovators to use the tools of data science to explore new ideas that were previously beyond our imagination. This webinar looks at how the principles of data science offers a new way to think outside the box and speed up discovery and create the new mines of tomorrow. Speakers will clearly explain the principles of machine learning and how fusing the talents across multiple disciplines can realise opportunities faster and speed up investment decisions with real-life examples from South Australia.

Dr Paul Heithersay

Dr Anthony Reid

Dr Kate Robertson

Adrian Fabris

Finding needles in haystacks – targeting mineral systems in buried terranes

Dr Paul Heithersay, Chief Executive, Department for Energy and Mining 
Dr Anthony Reid, Senior Principal Geoscientist, GSSA
Dr Kate Robertson, Senior Geophysicist, GSSA 
Adrian Fabris, Senior Geologist, GSSA
22 July 2020
Mineral exploration is the process of finding something very small in a very large search space. What can we do to reduce the area in which mineral exploration is conducted, to improve the chances of finding a mineral deposit needle in a much larger haystack? Key areas of geoscience that are explored in this webinar will be focused on electrical geophysical techniques, in particular, magnetotellurics, and geochemical and mineralogical data from drill core. This webinar discussion with Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA) team members will review how these techniques can be used and how they are being applied in South Australia to the problem of finding mineral deposits beneath post-mineralisation sedimentary cover.

Renee Hakendorf

CORE’s vision for a thriving energy and resources innovation ecosystem

Renee Hakendorf, Manager South Australia, CORE Innovation Hub 
21 July 2020
CORE Innovation Hub connects energy and resources industry with innovators. They have recently launched in South Australia with the support of the Department for Energy and Mining. South Australia is an innovation leader across many aspects of the energy and resources sector. CORE will discuss these strengths as well as their vision for building a thriving innovation ecosystem in South Australia.

Dr Paul Heithersay

Prof David Giles

How innovative partnerships will grow minerals and mining in South Australia 

Dr Paul Heithersay, Chief Executive, Department for Energy and Mining 
and Prof David Giles, Chief Scientific Officer, MinEx CRC
16 July 2020
South Australia has created a vibrant environment for innovators to collaborate on problem solving that will enhance productivity and create opportunities across the mining and minerals value chain. This webinar explores how the State is turning bright ideas into real-world solutions by creating physical and virtual spaces for collaboration that are a magnet for innovative people.

Exciting opportunities

South Australia has rich potential across the mining value chain, from geological exploration, developing mineral and mining projects, to downstream secondary value-adding processing opportunities.

Our mining sector is supported by a strong equipment, technology and services industry that co-exists within hi-tech hubs and research centres, alongside future-focused industries like space and defence which help forge a collaborative ecosystem to open doors and inspire new ways of thinking.

We’re home to globally significant copper mines and the world’s largest zircon mine, with three large mineral processing plants supporting regional communities.

But our ambition is still growing.

We’re supporting investment in the resources industry from pre-discovery through to production and export.

Our Copper Strategy aims to triple the state’s production to one million tonnes per year – an increase that would lift Australia into being one of the top three copper exporters in the world.

And we're supporting your next discovery through easy and open access to data as well as through co-funding exploration.

With a competitive, low-tax business environment, a highly educated workforce and one of the world’s most liveable cities – it’s no wonder major resource companies like BHP, Santos and OZ Minerals have chosen to establish corporate offices here. 

Share of Australia's mineral resources - 79% uranium, 66% copper, 65% graphite and 25% gold


300 operating mines and quarries


Easy and open access to data

The South Australian Resource Information Gateway is a digital portal providing access to South Australia's key geoscience information, mining and exploration project information.

The South Australia Drill Core Reference Library is home to 7.5 million metres of drill core and cuttings and over 8,000 rock samples, making it the most comprehensive and complete archive of South Australia’s geology. This archive can be studied in the drill sample inspection area at the library. 

The Gawler Craton Airborne Survey has captured approximately 1,660,000 line kilometres of new magnetic, radiometric and digital elevation data over an area of about 295,000 km2. This new data provides the basis for a single, internally consistent dataset that will be fundamental in reinterpreting the geological structure of the Gawler Craton. 


Leading the way to discovery

The Accelerated Discovery Initiative is a $10 million program with  government co-funding contributions toward exploration activities in South Australia. 



ExploreSA Gawler Challenge is a world-wide call for geologists and data scientists to uncover new exploration targets in the state's highly prospective Gawler Craton region, which currently includes BHP's Olympic Dam and OZ Minerals Carrapateena copper-gold deposits.

2,100 global participants in the ExploreSA Gawler Challenge


Collaboration is in our DNA

Developing and enhancing collaborations the industry connectivity initiative (ICI), which will support industry led sector growth.

Lot Fourteen

An innovation neighbourhood in the heart of Adelaide, Lot Fourteen is focused on growing the industries of the future, from space and defence to cyber security, machine learning, health, and medical. It’s home to the SmartSat CRC, which is focused on transforming mining and natural resources.


Tonsley Innovation District


Tonsley Innovation District is a hi-tech hub attracting innovative startups and global companies, including Siemens and ZEISS. It features the Drill Core Reference Library that makes available to industry, 7.5 million metres of drill core and cuttings and over 8,000 rock samples, as well as 3D mapping capabilities and the state-of-the art, HyLogger™ core scanner.



Connect at 10 Gigabit Adelaide


Ten Gigabit Adelaide is a revolutionary high-speed, high-performance fibre optic data network that is being rolled out to commercial buildings across the City of Adelaide. The network enables businesses and organisations to share and receive high volumes of data at phenomenal 10Gbps data speeds.

In addition, GigCity allows businesses access to affordable internet with speeds from one gigabit right up to 10 gigabit at GigCity locations across Adelaide and the regions, that include Lot Fourteen, Technology Park and Tonsley Innovation District.


Cutting-edge research and training

The University of Adelaide, Flinders University, and the University of South Australia are our three, globally-recognised public universities which all have a strong focus on hi-tech training, research and commercialisation, including the ARC Research Hub for Copper-Uranium where researchers are developing and testing new, cost-effective ways to remove non-target metals from copper concentrates from ores in South Australia and beyond.

The University of Adelaide

  • ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation 
    • Graphene is another form of graphite, a vital commodity in SA. It is an exceptional two-dimensional material with higher conductivity, flexibility and strength. It can be used to improve existing products as well as producing completely new products. Researchers in the Hub are developing graphene-based technologies and products for application in many sectors including mining, oil, gas and energy, biomedical, transport, construction, environmental, defence and space industries, with a sight to developing an advanced materials manufacturing industry in Australia.​
  • Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources
    • IMER operates at the international forefront of the mineral, energy and resource sectors, showcasing our finest talent in large-scale research and innovation outcomes, with the capacity to pursue higher-risk, cutting-edge projects
    • Supports the Mawson Geo Centre
  • Integrated Mining Consortium
    • Connecting the mining value chain using machine learning, sensors and data analytics
  • Centre for Sustainable Planetary and Space Resources
    • The Centre for Sustainable Planetary and Space Resources brings together the University of Adelaide’s collective exploration, mining, manufacturing and engineering research strengths to address the challenges faced by long-term planetary exploration, while ensuring the near-term application here on Earth

The University of South Australia

In good company

From global companies to SMEs and ground-breaking startups, here are just some of the mining and minerals companies that call South Australia home:

  • Andromeda Metals Ltd
  • Archer Materials Limited
  • Argonaut Resources NL
  • BHP
  • Boss Resources Ltd
  • Cartwheel Resources Pty Ltd
  • Cu-River Mining Australia Pty Ltd
  • Fleetspace Technologies
  • Fortescue Metals Group
  • GFG Alliance
  • Havilah Resources Ltd
  • Hillgrove Resources Ltd
  • Illuka Resources Ltd
  • Iron Road Limited
  • Kogi Iron Limited
  • Magnetite Mines
  • Marmota Ltd
  • Minotaur Exploration Limited
  • Oz Minerals
  • Pepinnini Minerals
  • Rex Minerals Ltd
  • Terramin Australia Ltd
  • Wasco Mining Co Pty Ltd
  • See more



It all happens in South Australia

Adelaide’s CORE Innovation Hub to bolster collaboration between startups and mining

  • A centre to strengthen ties between Australia’s mining and tech industries will be established in Adelaide to drive innovation across the sector. Read more

Innovation, sustainability to lead debate at Copper to the World Online

  • The South Australian Government’s Copper to the World conference will be held online on June 23. Read more

Petratherm (ASX:PTR) secures $182k drilling grant

  • Petratherm (PTR) has secured a $182,000 grant through the Accelerated Discovery Initiative (ADI) for its Mabel Creek Project Area. Read more

Australia sets aside further funds for resources exploration

  • Australia’s reliance on the resources sector has clearly been recognised by the Federal government, which has invested a further $125m into Geoscience Australia’s Exploring for the Future (EFTF) program. Read more

South Australian Government commits to sealing part of outback Strzelecki Track

  • The South Australian Government has announced the project will begin by sealing a 50-kilometre section of the track north of Lyndhurst. Read more

Western Areas (ASX:WSA) intersects significant widths of nickel and copper at Sahara prospect

  • Western Areas (WSA) has received highly encouraging results from the first diamond hole at the Sahara prospect within the Western Gawler Project. Read more

OZ Minerals expansion to double Carrapateena production

  • OZ Minerals is progressing plans to transform the Carrapateena copper-gold mine in South Australia into a block cave operation to significantly increase its mine life. Read more

OZ Minerals catches nickel fever, snaps up Cassini

  • It's OZ Minerals' turn to get in on the nickel consolidation sweeping Western Australia's miners. Read more

Oz Minerals signs Whyalla copper export deal

  • South Australian copper miner Oz Minerals has signed a deal with Sanjeev Gutpa’s Whyalla Port to export concentrate from its new Carrapateena mine. Read more

Mining keeps exports at top of pile

  • Tools were downed, one company saw its fly in-fly out mine worker numbers drop from more than 400 to six in a week and the bottom fell out of the stock market. Read more

Data mining winners to drive resource exploration targets in South Australia

  • South Australia is unearthing the first round winners of its world-first data mining competition that aims to boost exploration in the resource rich Gawler Craton region. Read more

State Government announces assessment guidelines to increase copper production at Olympic Dam 

  • The assessment guidelines for BHP’s proposal for a staged increase in copper production at Olympic Dam from 200,000 to up to 350,000 tonnes per annum have been released. Read more

Nigerian steel project moves head office to Adelaide

  • An Australian mining company looking to become Nigeria’s first integrated steel producer will move its head office to Adelaide. Read more

Mining to help dig state economy out of crisis

  • South Australia’s mining sector is well placed to play a crucial role in helping the state’s economy recover from the COVID-19 crisis. Read more

Fee breaks back Honeymoon mine plans

  • Boss Resources is mining Honeymoon uranium data as explorers win fee and licence hiatus from South Australian government. Read more

Kanmantoo mine operator shifts focus to exploration

  • Hillgrove Resources has announced major changes to its board as it shifts its focus from mining production to exploring after processing the last ore from its Kanmantoo copper mine in the Adelaide Hills. Read more

Metal detector maker strikes gold with record profit

  • South Australian technology company Codan Limited has announced a record half-year profit of $30.4 million on the back of booming sales of its hi-tech metal detecting and communications equipment. Read more

Mining lease turnover invites explorers to break new ground

  • More than 20 mining exploration leases in some of the state’s richest copper and gold regions are up for grabs this week as junior exploration companies struggle to raise the funds needed to unearth the next major deposit. Read more

Marmota revisits uranium project after global price jump

  • Rising global uranium prices has prompted South Australian mining company Marmota to revisit its Junction Dam project west of Broken Hill. Read more

New chief for Geological Survey

  • The Department for Energy and Mining has appointed respected geologist Rohan Cobcroft as the new director of the Geological Survey of South Australia (GSSA), the state’s premier geoscience agency. Read more

Let's talk

If you are an energy and mining business interested in investing in South Australia contact

Wayne Emery
Director Minerals and Energy
Department for Trade and Investment
Phone +61 8 8303 2433

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