Exploring for the Future is a $100.5 million initiative by the Australian Government dedicated to boosting investment in resource exploration in Australia.

The four-year program focuses on northern Australia and parts of South Australia. This under-explored region offers enormous potential for industry development and is advantageously located close to major global markets.

Geoscience Australia's leading scientists are using innovative techniques to gather new data and information, on an unprecedented scale, about the potential mineral, energy and groundwater resources concealed beneath the surface. This work is being undertaken in greenfield areas and where the Exploring for the Future program will have the greatest impact.

The program's activities involve data acquisition using geophysical surveys, geochemical sampling, hydrological mapping and stratigraphic drilling. The data collected will be analysed and integrated to provide a holistic picture of the mineral, energy and groundwater resources available in northern Australia and parts of South Australia.

The new data will be publicly available. It will inform policy and planning decisions within government and industry. This information will also support and encourage industry regarding increased investment in Australia's vast resources.

Data and information releases

The pre-competitive data and information will be released on an ongoing basis over four years to support and de-risk resource decision making and investment. All available data and information will be published on our website.

Current activities

This map shows the current Exploring for the Future activities across northern Australia and parts of South Australia. Download map in high resolution [JPEG 1.4MB]

Program partners

Geoscience Australia is partnering with the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australian, and Western Australian Governments to facilitate the delivery of the program. Geoscience Australia is working closely with the State and Northern Territory Geological Surveys.

The Mining Equipment, Technology and Services sector is also being contracted to undertake some of the fieldwork, providing new jobs in regional areas.