Advanced Search  |  

OZMIN Mineral Deposits Database

Note: This metadata describes the dataset in accordance with the ANZLIC (Australia New Zealand Land Information Council) Core Metadata Guidelines Version 2.

Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703003393

Title: OZMIN Mineral Deposits Database


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



These data represent the OZMIN Oracle relational database containing geological and resource information for Australian mineral deposits. OZMIN has been compiled from published references and has been designed so that attribute information can be retrieved and analysed in relation to spatial data contained in geographic information systems. The national mineral deposits dataset contains data on over one thousand major and historically significant mineral deposits for 60 mineral commodities (including coal). Data available via mapping interfaces on the Geoscience Australia website are updated weekly whilst data available via download are a snapshot at the "Ending Date" of the current database entries.

ANZLIC search words:


Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 114 -11, 154 -11, 154 -42, 114 -42, 114 -11,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -11 °
South bounding latitude: -42 °
East bounding longitude: 154 °
West bounding longitude: 114 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 1994-01-01

Ending date: 2008-12-31

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
Available format type:
DIGITAL - mdb Microsoft Access database Access
DIGITAL - dat Data file MapInfo Geographic GDA94
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic GDA94
DIGITAL - ascii ASCII text Geographic GDA94

Access constraints:

Free to download

Free Data Download

Data quality


The data within this dataset is derived directly from the corporate ORACLE OZMIN Mineral Deposits database.

An ASCII extraction of the Geoscience Australia ORACLE database is generated as ASCII comma-delimited files for each table that is part of or used by the OZMIN database. Only data that is part of the current release of OZMIN (Release 3 - October 2000) is included.

An MS ACCESS database format is also replicated from the ORACLE database and uses the same table structure. Only data that is part of the current release of OZMIN (Release 3 - October 2000) is included.

The spatial representation of this database in (ArcView and MapInfo format) is extracted and generated using ArcInfo GIS software to meet the published data standard within the Geoscience Australia data dictionary. The extraction of the spatial GIS datasets is done within ArcInfo using advanced AML code (ORACOV.AML) developed by Dmitar Butrovski, Geoscience Australia.

Positional accuracy:

Nominal Scale 1:100 000

OZMIN database geological and commodity information is derived from literature. Literature search and data input are supervised by an experienced economic geologist. Data is also reviewed by economic geologists with more specific knowledge of each deposit. The positional accuracy is therefore reasonably high but variable due to the variablity of source information. However subsequent rigorous checking of locational information by scientists provides an accurate as can be location for the deposit based on all available literature.

Attribute accuracy:

Generally high although it can be variable dependant on the source information. This information is made as scientifically accurate as is possible through thorough checking of all available literature.

Logical Consistency:

A geoscientist visually inspected the finished dataset to make sure the attributes were accurate and the data were consistent spatially with the quality-controlled database it was derived from. Tests are also carried out on these data for data completeness, correct spatial representation, attribute accuracy, logical consistency and correctness, and where appropriate for compliance with Geoscience Australia's GIS data dictionary.


The dataset coverage is complete for the whole of continental Australia.

Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

Additional metadata

Metadata reference XHTML:

Metadata reference XML:

Database fields within the MS-Access database and the ASCII versions are

compliant with the GA Oracle database data dictionary and are fully described in

the database documentation AGSO Record 2000/18 -

"OZMIN Documentation, AGSO's National Mineral Deposits Database; Version 3."

included with these data

Fields within the GIS datasets are compliant with Geoscience Australia's

data dictionary. Please click on the link to view.

GIS dataset point items

feature feature type OZMIN

ufi unique feature identifier

siteno Link to SITESDD dataset

deposno OZMIN database code number for the deposit and link to lookup tables

name Name of deposit

synomys Synomamous name of deposit

field_chk checked in the field

exposed deposits exposed or not

age Age of mineralisation

agemethod method of deriving age

comments additional information on deposit

There are several additional lookup tables that can be joined to the main dataset :-

ozmincom Commodity information

ozminlth Host rock descriptions from mineral deposits

ozminext Extended mineral deposit attributes

ozminmin Primary and alteration mineralogy of mineral deposit host rocks

It is recommended that these data be referred to as:

Ewers, G.R., Evans, N., & Hazell, M., (Kilgour, B., compiler). 2002. OZMIN Mineral Deposits Database. [Digital Datasets]

Canberra: Geoscience Australia.

Authors:Ewers, G.R. Evans, N. Hazell, M.S.