Data Geoscientific datasets and reports

Last updated:23 November 2023

Mineral exploration and investment

Featured publications

Critical minerals

Exploring for the Future

Subscribe to Geoscience Australia's Exploring for the Future mailing list to receive periodic email updates on new data releases, publications, media and upcoming events.

Books, reports and brochures


Brochures and flyers

Selected reports

Mineral deposits

Mine and mineral maps

Mineral Occurrences

The AGSON Geoscience Portal is a data discovery and analysis portal for geoscience data from all of Australia's state, territory and federal governments. It includes mines, mineral deposits and mineral resources data from Geoscience Australia's OZMIN database, as well mineral tenement boundaries, infrastructure, geophysical and geological data. Mineral Occurrences data is also available from the Geoscience Australia Data Discovery Portal.

The Australian Mines Atlas is an interactive online mapping tool that provides information on Australian minerals resources, mines and processing centres.

Australian Resource Reviews

Surface geology and geophysical data

Geophysical Datasets

The most up-to-date geophysical datasets (excluding airborne electromagnetic data, please see further below), from Australian national, state and territory governments, can be downloaded directly for free from the Geophysical Archive Data Download System. Geophysical datasets include:

  • Gravity
  • Magnetics
  • Radiometrics
  • Elevation

There is a 2GB download limit. Please email to request larger datasets.

Geophysical Maps - ready to print PDF maps

Geophysical Indexes

Index maps are available on the Geoscience Australia website. The various indexes present a summary of the specifications of most surveys held in the National Airborne Geophysical Database. These indexes are updated periodically.

Seismic and magnetotelluric data

Seismic and magnetotelluric data can be downloaded for free from the Geoscience Australia website via links on these pages.

Airborne electromagnetic (AEM)

All AEM survey data are publicly available through the Geoscience Australia Portal. Recent AEM projects can be viewed on the Airborne Electromagnetics Project webpage and the Exploring for the Future AusAEM webpage.

Rock properties

The Rock Properties database provides a vital link between observed geophysical data and interpreted geology. More information can be found on the Rock Properties webpage.

Surface geology

National surface geology data can be downloaded for free from the Geoscience Australia website at 1:1 million, 1:2.5 million and 1:5 million scales.

Ready to print PDF map:

Solid geology

Geoscience Australia has commenced a major program of 'solid geology' mapping of the continent, focused on compiling geological data for key chronostratigraphic surfaces including 'basement' beneath Cenozoic, Mesozoic, Paleozoic, and selected pre-Proterozoic basins and sediment packages.
Access solid geology mapping undertaken as part of the Exploring for the Future program.


The Geoscience Australia Geochronology Laboratory provides high quality age information to support research objectives in both internal and collaborative regional and specific interest projects. Collaborative projects are operated with the State and Northern Territory Geological Surveys, universities and the CSIRO. Geochronology data is available from:

Data visualisation tools

Geoscience Australia's Exploring for the Future Data Discovery Portal provides full access to new geoscience data as well as a suite of analytical and multi-criteria assessment tools, including our Mineral Potential and Economic Fairways mapping tools. The portal provides the ability for government planners, regulators and industry to access new data and apply a range of assessment tools to support evidence-based decisions.

Critical Minerals Mapping Initiative

The Critical Minerals Mapping Initiative is a collaboration between the Geological Survey of Canada, Geoscience Australia and United States Geological Survey. The online portal provides free access the world's largest dataset of 'Critical Minerals in Ores'. This dataset will help develop a better understanding of known critical mineral resources, the geologic controls on critical mineral distribution for deposits currently producing by-products, and how to infer new sources of supply through critical mineral potential mapping and quantitative mineral assessments.

Explore the Critical Mineral Mapping initiative (requires an internet connection).

Interactive Maps

Interactive Maps is an online discovery and exploration view of Geoscience Australia's geospatial services. This tool allows a wide range of datasets, from geology and geophysics to hazards, satellite imagery and water, to be viewed, overlaid and exported as a PDF map. In many cases the underlying dataset may also be directly downloaded.

Explore Interactive Maps (requires an internet connection).


EarthSci was developed at Geoscience Australia using the NASA World Wind SDK, for the purpose of providing an easy way of viewing the nation's datasets in either a national or global context.

EarthSci is a digital globe application capable of viewing most standard GIS Raster and Vector formats. The application is shipped with a number of Australian datasets that show various geological features in a national, or global, context. It is capable of loading web mapping services, so can be used to view data from many places around the internet, such as from Geoscience Australia.

Find out more about EarthSci (this requires an internet connection).

Note that some datasets require an internet connection. Without access to the internet you may not be able to view all of the datasets and/or their associated information pages.

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