Endowed with rich, natural assets, South Australia has provided minerals and energy resources to the world for more than 150 years.

The state has a diverse and resilient mining sector headlined by significant deposits of copper, gold, iron ore, uranium, graphite and mineral sands. We are home to one of the world’s biggest copper, gold and uranium mines, Olympic Dam, and one of Australia’s significant copper-gold mines at Prominent Hill.  Construction is underway at Carrapateena – Australia’s largest undeveloped copper deposit.

In the energy space, we share Australia’s largest onshore oil and gas province, the Cooper Basin with Queensland.

South Australia has 14 petroleum prospective basins, 12 of which are onshore. Two are currently commercial hydrocarbon producers. The Moomba facility is a critical hub receiving oil and gas across Cooper-Eromanga basins: sending vital gas to eastern Australia’s major cities for over 40 years.  It also sends stabilised crude oil to its Port Bonython facility near Whyalla for further processing and export shipments.

South Australia also has world-class natural resources that are increasingly attracting investors in wind power, solar, geothermal and wave energy.

These vast natural resource assets are underpinned by a supportive State Government, a highly skilled workforce and a respected regulatory framework creating an environment for low-risk, sustainable investment.

In South Australia, you’ll find:

  • 66% of Australia’s economic demonstrated resources of copper
  • 25% of Australia’s economic demonstrated resources of gold
  • 23% of the world’s and 79% of Australia’s uranium resources
  • A long term strategy to triple copper production to one million tonnes by 2030
  • Olympic Dam mine which is the fourth largest copper and second largest gold resource in the world (according to SNL)
  • A globally-regarded robust and effective regulatory framework for oil and gas resources
  • Award winning SARIG big data online application providing vital geological and geospatial information
  • South Australian Drill Core Reference Library, a thriving incubator where geoscientists and mining companies collaborate and access the latest scanning technologies to reveal minerals and elements from the carefully stowed collection of samples from previous exploration efforts
  • Industry Capability Network Gateway – an essential tool that connects local suppliers and project managers to billions of dollars of listed mining projects.


Robert Demarco
Ph: +61 8 8303 2423
Mobile: +61 417 889 643
Email: robert.demarco@sa.gov.au

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