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Exploration Activity

Mineral exploration activity in the Northern Territory remains strong, especially for gold and copper.

Mineral exploration expenditure in the Northern Territory (NT) for 2020-21 was $128 million, up 4% from the previous year. The June 2021 quarter saw the highest quarterly exploration expenditure recorded in the Territory since 2012, reflecting strong recovery in the exploration sector following a difficult year in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2019, there has been a substantial uptake in new exploration tenure in the Barkly Tableland region, east and northeast of Tennant Creek, and across the greater McArthur Basin.

  • Mineral exploration expenditure in 2020-21: $128 million
  • Proportion of exploration in greenfields areas: 29%
  • Granted exploration licences (1 January 2021): 773

View the current NT mineral exploration titles and land status map PDF (2.1 MB).

View the recent NT exploration highlights map.. PDF (2.4 MB)

Download the paper and presentation through GEMIS for the Highlights of mineral and petroleum exploration and development in 2020 from the AGES 2021 proceedings.