Back in 1850, South Australia was producing a third of the world’s copper and was known around the world, as the “Copper Kingdom”. Discoveries of copper near Glen Osmond spurred the growth of South Australia, underpinned the flourishing city of Adelaide and funding many of the grand buildings that now give the city its distinct character.
South Australia holds 68% of Australia’s economically demonstrated copper resources, 27.5% of Australia’s economically demonstrated gold resources, 80% of Australia’s identified uranium resources and 14 billion tonnes of identified iron ore resources.
The Gawler Craton in South Australia is best known for iron oxide copper-gold (IOCG) deposits, as exemplified by Olympic Dam, which is the fourth largest copper mine and boasts the largest known single deposit of uranium in the world.
Spending on mineral exploration in South Australia eclipsed an 11-year-old record in 2022, with $64.2 million spent on exploration in the March quarter, up $16.7m
on the December 2022 quarter. This surpassed the $61 million spent on
exploration in South Australia’s previous record-earning quarter to
AMEC has an Advisory Committee in SA, which supports the framing and delivery of AMEC’s policy approach in SA. The committee is formed around a core group of members with an investment in mineral exploration and mining in the relevant jurisdiction. AMEC relies on the views and opinions of this group to shape its policy responses to State Government and Ministers. The Advisory Committee meets regularly to discuss furthering policy reform and respond to issues affecting the sector.
We have a number of regular SA events held throughout the year including sundowners, information briefings and seminars. To find out what AMEC events are happening in SA, head to our events page.
AMEC’s work in South Australia
To find out more about how AMEC is working in South Australia, contact State Director Samantha Panickar.
Latest AMEC South Australia Submissions and Reports