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Exploration Activity

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

In 2020 calendar year, mineral exploration expenditure in the Northern Territory (NT) was $110.8 million, down 16% from the previous year, largely due to Covid-19 related restrictions. Growth in the mineral exploration sector in the NT was strong from 2017 to 2019, largely driven by substantial increases in gold and copper-gold exploration. Since 2019, there has been a substantial uptake in new exploration tenure in the Barkly Tableland region, east and northeast of Tennant Creek.

  • Mineral exploration expenditure in 2020: $110.8 million
  • Proportion of exploration in greenfields areas: 31%
  • Granted exploration licences (1 January 2021): 773

View the current NT mineral exploration titles and land status map PDF (10.7 MB).

View the recent NT exploration highlights map.. PDF (2.0 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.