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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 2021-22 was $171.5 million, up 34% from the previous year and at the highest levels since 2011/12. The June 2022 quarter saw the highest quarterly exploration expenditure recorded in the Territory since 2011 with $51 million. The past 12 months has seen a a significant increase in exploration in greenfields areas and for commodities such as lithium and rare earths.

  • Mineral exploration expenditure in 2021-22: $171.5 million
  • Proportion of exploration in greenfields areas: 37%
  • Granted exploration licences (1 January 2022): 925

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 2021 in review: Exploration bounces back in the Territory from the AGES 2022 proceedings.