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Mining Register

Sections 6 and 15A of the Mining Act 1971 (the Act) establish the Mining Register as follows -

"(1) The Mining Registrar shall keep a register of -

[(a) deleted by amendments]
(b) registered claims; and
(c) leases and licences issued under this Act; and
(d) instruments registered under this Act.

(2) Subject to this Act, a person may, upon payment of the prescribed fee, inspect the register.

(3) The register may be kept in such forms as the Mining Registrar thinks fit."

Section 63ZBA of the Act requires that a distinct part of the Mining Register must be maintained for the registration of agreements and determinations under Part 9B - Native title land of the Act.

Some components of the Mining Register are considered confidential and are not available for inspection. Departmental files are not part of the Mining Register, and the files and their contents are not public information.

If you have any queries about the Mining Register, please contact Department of State Development Mineral Tenements at the details below.

Searching the Mining Register

Common information requests include -

  • Extract from Mining Register  - copy of mining tenement
    Copies of lease and licence documents, including the conditions that apply to the tenement. Includes an Instrument Printout, which is a summary of any dealings registered against the tenement since grant.
  • Extract from Mining Register - standard search queries
    • Summary of tenement information from the database, comprising two components - a Tenement Printout and Instrument Printout (cannot be supplied separately)
    • Summary of exploration licence application (ELA)
    • Summary of tenements held by a particular client
    • Summary of tenements located in a specific area 
  • Extract from Mining Register - customised search query
    If a query of the Mining Register cannot be answered by an existing report within the system, a customised report may be produced. A customised search query may take longer to complete and will incur a higher fee.

(refer to Mining Act Fees for costs involved)

How to submit a request

A search query must be submitted to Department of State Development Mineral Tenements in writing. This can be done in the following ways:

Email: DSD.Tenements@sa.gov.au
Fax: +61 8 8463 3101
Post letter to: Department of State Development Mineral Tenements
GPO Box 320
Deliver letter to: Customer Services
(Attention: Department of State Development Mineral Tenements)
Level 7
101 Grenfell St


Standard search queries may take up to 2 business days to complete. Customised search queries may take longer and this will depend on the complexity of the request.

Most search results can be provided electronically (pdf documents by email) or in hard-copy for collection at Level 7, 101 Grenfell St or delivery by normal mail or by fax.

To avoid delays in receiving your query, you can take the following steps:

  • Provide as much detail as possible about the search query - tenement numbers, holder details, map references (Hundreds/sections/plan numbers)
  • Provide contact details so that we can contact you to clarify any queries
  • Have payment ready when your query is completed

Fees and payment

Any search queries will incur a fee. Refer to the Mining Act Fees page for the current fees.

Once a search query is received and completed, a Mineral Tenements team member will contact you to confirm your details and arrange payment. If you require confirmation of the approximate cost of your search before it is done, please advise in your written request. An exact cost may not be known until the search is complete.

Payment can be made over the phone by credit card (Visa/MasterCard), by mail with cheque/money order, or in-person by credit card, cheque, money order or cash. Search fees cannot be paid by bank transfer.

Payment must be received before the search results can be released. A tax receipt will be provided at the completion of the transaction, however a tax invoice cannot be generated prior to payment.

Further information

For further information, please contact the Mineral Tenements branch on +61 8 8463 3103 or via email at DSD.Tenements@sa.gov.au.