The Northern Territory (NT) Government’s flagship exploration event, the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES), was held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre from 5 to 6 April 2022.

The AGES 2022 proceedings, individual abstracts and presentations and posters are now available to download.

The highly successful event was attended by more than 280 delegates from across Australia, providing a unique opportunity to access the latest in fresh exploration ideas and geoscientific data from the Territory, and to network with colleagues who share an interest in the discovery and development of the Territory’s minerals and energy resources.

AGES is a technical exploration conference with a range of talks from the NT Geological Survey, its partners and the exploration industry. Technical updates from industry will be presented on successful exploration programs and new discoveries from across the Territory of gold, base metals, battery commodities, oil and gas, and more.

Download the final AGES 2022 program PDF (277.4 KB).

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Program snapshot

Monday 4 April
Pre-conference workshops (2:30pm to 5pm)  and AGES Ice Breaker (5:30pm to 7:30pm)

Tuesday 5 April
AGES Conference Day 1 (8:30am to 4:30pm) and Official Dinner (7pm to late)

Wednesday 6 April
AGES Conference Day 2 (9am to 2:30pm)

Program highlights

  • Technical updates on successful exploration programs and new discoveries from across the Territory for gold, base metals, battery commodities, industrial sand and shale gas.
  • New insights into the subsurface geological framework and undercover exploration in the Barkly region including the East Tennant region and Rover field.
  • Gold exploration updates from the Pine Creek Orogen.
  • Updates on the revised geological framework and minerals and petroleum potential of the Lawn Hill Platform and South Nicholson Basin in the NT.
  • Recent results of shale gas and liquids exploration in the Beetaloo Sub-basin.
  • New data from MinEx CRC drilling programs at East Tennant and Carrara-1.
  • Updates on exploration for sediment-hosted copper in the Territory.
  • Geology and petroleum potential of the Pedirka and Eromanga Basins in the Simpson Desert.
  • New data releases and exploration concepts from major Geoscience Australia - NTGS collaborative geoscience programs.
  • Pre-conference workshops including CSIRO Workshop - Introduction to the NDI Carrara 1 Hylogger Dataset, which is now at capacity, and Mines Branch Workshop. Download the workshop flyer PDF (224.6 KB) for more information.

This event will be delivered in line with an approved COVID-19 event safety plan for the conference and workshop venues, taking into account the latest health guidelines at the time. Please also note that current NT directions require all interstate arrivals to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Download key resources from AGES past events.

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Mining Services Expo

AGES is held in conjunction with the Mining Services Expo, which showcases Territory businesses and their capabilities to support exploration and mining ventures. See the exhibitors and booth layout here.

For further information on exhibiting at this event, please contact Jodie Mason from the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade on 08 8951 8553 or by email


Alice Springs, nestled between the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, is famous for its beautiful desert landscapes, colourful outback characters, opportunities for adventure and a strong Aboriginal culture. Find out more on the Northern Territory website.

**Accommodation in Alice Springs is limited.**
We suggest you contact Crowne Plaza on 08 8950 7765 and request your accommodation directly, stating you are an AGES delegate.

For assistance with bookings, go to the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre website.

The Northern Territory website has information on:

Northern Territory Geological Survey
Phone: 08 8999 5313