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Use SARIG to identify no access and restricted areas
Areas where exploration or mining activities are not permitted or are restricted and Native Title land can be identified using the South Australian Resources Information Geoserver (SARIG).
No access for mineral exploration and mining activities
Restricted access for mineral exploration and mining activities
Land where mineral exploration and mining may be permitted
- Native Title land
- Landholder liaison
Some areas require particular permissions before gaining access to the land for mineral exploration and mining activities (restricted areas).
Major areas where particular permissions are required before gaining access for exploration and mining activities include:
reserves dedicated under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (external site, opens in new window)
lands granted freehold to the Aboriginal Lands Trust under the Aboriginal Lands Trust Act 1966 (external site, opens in new window), together with Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981 (external site, opens in new window) and Maralinga Tjarutja Land Rights Act 1984 (external site, opens in new window)
Precious Stones Fields proclaimed under the Mining Act 1971 (external site, opens in new window)
other land restricted from mining and exploration including Commonwealth land, fossil reserves and areas subject to Indenture Acts.
On land where mineral exploration and mining is permitted, all explorers wishing to undertake mineral exploration activities in South Australia must first apply for and be granted an exploration licence.
More information and guidelines about minerals exploration
Holders of an exploration licence or mineral claim must obtain an agreement authorising exploration or mining on native title land.
More information about native title land and procedures that should be followed
Whilst the Mining Act 1971 enables mining companies and prospectors to access non-restricted land for exploration purposes, it also recognises the rights of landowners.
Part 1 provides information about landowner statutory rights and what may be expected in regards to proposed exploration and mining operations on (or near) property.
Part 2 provides information for explorers on the principles of effective engagement and consultation.
This guideline has been developed as a joint initiative with DMITRE, the SA Arid Lands Natural Resource Management Board and the SA Pastoral Board.