Mining and Exploration in South Australia

Back when South Australia was still only a colony it was known around the world, as the “Copper Kingdom”.  In 1850, it was producing a third of the world’s copper.  These discoveries of copper near Glen Osmond spurred the growth of South Australia, underpinned the flourishing city of Adelaide and funded many of the grand buildings that now give the city its distinctive 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.  It also boasts some of the largest recent discoveries such as Carapenteena, and a discovery of an earlier generation, Olympic Dam. Mining supports the South Australian economy, with a Gross Value of Production of $4.16 Billion in 2016-17.

Advisory Committee

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 Neil van Drunen or click here to download the latest version of our Explorer Newsletter.

Latest AMEC South Australia submissions and reports