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Exploration Activity

Mineral exploration activity is expanding in the Northern Territory and is at its highest levels since 2011.

In the 2018-19 financial year, mineral exploration expenditure in the Northern Territory (NT) was $131.9 million, up 21% on the previous year, and up 68% over two years. Growth in the mineral exploration sector in the NT has been above the Australian average since mid-2017, and has been largely driven by strong increases in gold exploration.

  • Mineral exploration expenditure in 2018-19: $131.9 million
  • Proportion of exploration in greenfields areas: 48%
  • Granted exploration licences (1 January 2019): 838

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

View the recent NT exploration highlights map. PDF (668.2 KB).

Download the paper and presentation through Gemis for the Overview of mineral and petroleum exploration and production in 2018 from the AGES 2019 proceedings book.