Holders of exploration and mining authorities must submit periodic reports on their exploration activities.

Details of reporting requirements for exploration and mining authorities, are specified in the following documents.

Compulsory online reporting

EROL is an online report preparation and lodgement facility for title holders, operators or agents. Users need to register for an account online at the EROL login page. A new version of the reporting template was released in December 2019 and can be downloaded from the link above.

Extensions and exemptions from reporting requirements

The Mining Regulation 2016 allows for authority holders to apply for an extension of the period within which a report must be lodged, or for an exemption from reporting requirements.

Applications for extensions or exemptions must be lodged 30 days before the date the report is due using the form Extension or Exemption from Reporting (ER01).

Mineral Exploration Assessment Group

The Mineral Exploration Assessment (MEA) group is responsible for monitoring mineral exploration in NSW. Exploration reports are assessed to monitor performance against work program licence conditions, and to ensure results of exploration are reported in full and in a form suitable for the department's DIGS® system.

Data files attached to a report are reviewed for compliance to national data templates as the first step in assessing a report. This quality assurance process ensures the data can be electronically uploaded into the Geoscientific Data Warehouse.

Applications for titles, for renewal of titles and for transfer of titles are also assessed to provide advice to the decision-maker who determines the applications.

Liaison is encouraged between the technical staff of companies preparing exploration reports or lodging titles applications and staff of the MEA group in the Geological Survey.

For further information
Mining & Exploration Assessment
+61 (0)2 4063 6425
Mining & Exploration Assessment, Geological Survey of NSW, PO Box 344, Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street, Maitland NSW 2320 Map