Data Geoscientific datasets and reports
Last updated:23 November 2023
Mineral exploration and investment
- Australian Critical Minerals Map 2022
- Australian Critical Minerals Prospectus 2022
- Australia's Critical Minerals Strategy 2023–2030
- Critical Energy Minerals Roadmap CSIRO
- Critical Minerals in Australia: A Review of Opportunities and Research Needs
- Critical commodities for a high-tech world: Australia's potential to supply global demand
- Critical commodities in Australia: an assessment of extraction potential from ores
Exploring for the Future
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- Exploring for the Future website
- Exploring for the Future Impact Pathway
- Exploring for the Future Monthly Newsletters
- Exploring for the Future Program Update 2016–2020
- Exploring for the Future 2023 Showcase
Books, reports and brochures
Brochures and flyers
- Geoscience Australia Priority Programs 2023
- Iron Oxide-Copper-Gold Potential of the Southern Arunta Region - Data link
- Isotopic data and 'Searching the Deep Earth'
- Lake Tyrrell, Australia, and its Potential for Strategic Resources
- National ASTER Geoscience Maps
- National Geochemical Survey of Australia
- National Geophysical Data Compilations
- Nickel Resources and Potential of Australia
- Potash in Australian Acid Salt Lakes
- Unlocking Australia's hidden mineral resource potential
- Australia's Energy Commodity Resources 2023
- Australia's Energy and Mineral Resources Investor Guide
- Australia's Identified Mineral Resources 2022
- Critical Minerals in Australia: A Review of Opportunities and Research Needs
- Lithospheric conductors reveal source regions of convergent margin mineral systems
- Major REE Deposits of Australia
- National Mineral Exploration Strategy 2017-2022
- Neodymium Depleted Mantle Model Age Map of Australia (Explanatory notes and user guide)
- Platinum-group elements in Australia
- Potential for intrusion-hosted Ni-Cu-PGE sulfide deposits in Australia - all data or Report
- Review of Australian Salt Lakes - Potential for Strategic Resources
- Southern Thomson Region Geochemical Survey, SW Queensland and NW New South Wales
Mine and mineral maps
- Australian Critical Minerals Map 2022 plus data
- Australian Mineral Exploration Review 2022
- Australian Operating Mines Map 2022 plus data
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
- Australian Resource Review - Antimony 2020
- Australian Resource Review - Bauxite 2017
- Australian Resource Review - Black Coal 2017
- Australian Resource Review - Brown Coal 2017
- Australian Resource Review - Gold 2019
- Australian Resource Review - Graphite 2018
- Australian Resource Review - Iron Ore 2017
- Australian Resource Review - Lithium 2018
- Australian Resource Review - Manganese Ore 2020
- Australian Resource Review - Mineral Sands 2017
- Australian Resource Review - Niobium 2019
- Australian Resource Review - Rare Earth Elements 2019
- Australian Resource Review - Scandium 2019
- Australian Resource Review - Tantalum 2019
- Australian Resource Review - Tin 2018
- Australian Resource Review - Vanadium 2018
- Australian Resource Review - Zinc-Lead-Silver 2019
Surface geology and geophysical data
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:
There is a 2GB download limit. Please email email@example.com to request larger datasets.
Geophysical Maps - ready to print PDF maps
- Bouger Gravity Anomaly Map of Onshore Australia A3
- Complete Bouger Gravity Anomaly Map of Onshore Australia A3
- 2019 B-Series De-trended Global Isostatic Residual Gravity Map of Australia
- Magnetic Map of Australia 6th Edition 2015 A3
- Radiometric Map of Australia 3rd Edition 2015 A3
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.
- Aeromagnetic Survey Index Map 2014
- Australian Fundamental Gravity Network (AFGN) portal
- Gamma-ray Survey Index Map 2014
- Gravity Station Coverage over Australia Map 2016
- Gravity Station Location Map 2016
- Index of Airborne Geophysical Surveys 14th Edition
- Index of Gravity Surveys 2nd Edition
Seismic and magnetotelluric data
Seismic and magnetotelluric data can be downloaded for free from the Geoscience Australia website via links on these pages.
- Onshore Seismic and Magnetotelluric project
- Australian Lithospheric Architecture Magnetotelluric Project (AusLAMP)
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.
Ready to print PDF map:
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: https://www.ga.gov.au/geochron-sapub-web/geochronology/shrimp/search.htm.
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 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.