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Exploration for minerals and mining in South Australia cannot be undertaken either on Crown or private land unless in accordance with the provisions of the following acts and regulations.
The Mining Act and Regulations made under the Act:
The Offshore Minerals Act came into operation on 4 May 2002. The various state, Northern Territory and Commonwealth governments agreed that, as far as is practicable, a common offshore mining regime should apply in both Commonwealth and state/territory waters.
The Offshore Minerals Act applies to coastal waters from the coastal boundary of the state to 3 nautical miles beyond the baseline and includes the gulf waters.
Any proposed exploration and/or mining activities to be undertaken in coastal waters are governed by this legislation.
The Opal Mining Act came into operation in 1997.
Whilst the laws for opal mining apply throughout the state, there are special provisions within the Act that apply to the proclaimed precious stone fields. The precious stone fields include Andamooka, Mintabie, Coober Pedy, and Stuart Creek.
There are a number of other South Australian and Commonwealth Acts that may be of interest or affect exploration work.
Other legislation, codes and standards applicable to mining operations