Registrations for AGES 2023

Registrations for AGES 2023 are now open

The Northern Territory (NT) Government’s flagship exploration event, the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES), will be held at the Alice Springs Convention Centre from 18 to 19 April 2023.

AGES is a technical exploration-focused conference featuring presentations from the NT Geological Survey, its partners and the exploration industry on new geoscience and latest exploration results from across the NT.

The event provides 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 2022 was held on 5-6 April 2022 and was attended by around 280 delegates from across Australia. The AGES 2022 proceedings, individual abstracts and presentations and posters are available to download.

AGES 2023 Conference Highlights

AGES 2023 will include new releases of data and interpretations from the NTGS and its collaborative partners, as well as presentations from the exploration industry on latest exploration highlights in the Territory.

  • Latest results from the Territory Government’s expanded $9.5 million Resourcing the Territory program
  • Presentations on the Territory’s potential for critical minerals including lithium and rare earths
  • Emerging insights into for sediment-hosted copper and iron-oxide copper-gold potential across the Territory
  • Updates on the stratigraphy and minerals and energy potential of the Birrindudu Basin
  • The latest on shale gas exploration and appraisal in the Beetaloo Sub-basin
  • Multiple networking events over two days including the AGES Official Dinner

AGES 2023 Program snapshot

Monday 17 April

Pre-conference workshops (10:00am to 5:00pm) and AGES Ice Breaker (5:30pm to 7:30pm)

Tuesday 18 April

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

Wednesday 19 April

AGES Conference Day 2 (9am to 2:30pm)

Pre Conference Workshops

CSIRO - Interpreting surface geochemistry with machine learning-derived landscape context using the UltraFine+® method

Monday 17 April | 10:00am - 4:00pm

This workshop will introduce concepts and examples applications of using novel soil analytical methods and machine learning (ML) to better interpret geochemical results in landscape context for minerals exploration. It will cover the background science that led to the development of the commercially available UltraFine+® soil method and the Next Gen Analytics package, with examples from across Australia, including the NTGS data package (DIP036). The NTGS UltraFine soil survey results from the Macdonnell Ranges will be used in the course and enquiry based learning and short activities will be incorporated into the workshop.

For further information please download the flyer here or contact Dr Ryan Noble on 0400 239 627 or or Dr Anicia Henne on

Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade - Mines Branch

Monday 17 April | 3:00pm - 5:00pm  

The Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade (DITT) Mines Branch promotes and facilitates the growth of the mining industry. The Mines Branch regulates mineral development activities from the first grant of tenure, to the approval and regulations of operations, through site rehabilitation to closure.

A facilitated workshop will be presented and provide an opportunity for industry stakeholders and key DITT representatives from the Mines Branch, to discuss current issues, to share knowledge of what is working, and possible areas for further improvements.

For further information on the Mines Branch Workshop please contact Andrew Hurwood on 08 8999 5368 or


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 PDF (196.7 KB).

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


Other information

Download key resources from AGES past events .

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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