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Exploration Activity

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

In the 2019-20 financial year, mineral exploration expenditure in the Northern Territory (NT) was $123.0 million, down 11% from the previous year, largely due to a 25% year-on-year drop in the June 2020 quarter due to Covid-19. 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.

  • Mineral exploration expenditure in 2019-20: $123.0 million
  • Proportion of exploration in greenfields areas: 39%
  • Granted exploration licences (1 January 2020): 777

View the current NT mineral exploration titles and land status map PDF (10.6 MB).

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

Download the paper and presentation through GEMIS for the Overview of mineral and petroleum exploration in 2019 from the AGES 2020 proceedings.