Information regarding mineral and minerals exploration in Australia at national and regional scale, mining and land use, sustainable development of resources, and levels of exploration activity

Geoscience Australia provides pre-competitive geoscience information to address greenfield exploration challenges and identify new mineral provinces within Australia. This pre-competitive information is acquired through integrated programs of national strategic importance, such as the Unlocking Australia's Hidden Mineral Resource Potential Program which commenced in July 2013. The Agency also advises the Australian Government on mineral resources, mining and land use which is integral to decisions on the nation's known mineral endowment, the sustainable development of mineral resources and levels of exploration activity.

Critical Minerals at Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia supports the objectives of Australia’s Critical Minerals Strategy to grow our critical minerals sector, expand downstream processing, and help meet future global demand.

Investing in Australian Mineral Exploration

Geoscience Australia aims to facilitate increased exploration expenditure in Australia by promoting both the benefits of exploring in Australia and the geoscience information available to reduce exploration risk.

Mineral Deposits

Mineral Exploration

Information on mineral exploration in Australia and links to precompetitive data and products to facilitate exploration activity.

Mineral Potential Mapper

The Mineral Potential Mapper is a new computer-based decision support tool being used to help identify prospective regions for new deposits.

Mineral Resources and Advice

Australia has a robust and world-leading mining industry. Geoscience Australia supports the Australian Government and industry by providing advice and data to inform decision making and assist the development of policies and programs related to resources and energy.

Related Orgs

Related Organisations

Links to state, national, international bodies associated with mineral exploration.


New and innovative products and techniques are being developed as part of the UNCOVER Initiative to help attract mineral exploration investment that has the potential to lead to the discovery of new resources.

Unlocking Australia minerals

Unlocking Australia's hidden mineral resource potential

Geoscience Australia, in collaboration with the state and Northern Territory geological surveys and the research community, will seek to reveal the hidden potential of Australia's buried but prospective geology.