Mineral and energy resources
The mining and energy industries are critical to the Northern Territory's (NT) development, particularly in regional areas.
The NT has some of Australia's largest deposits of uranium, zinc-lead, bauxite, gold, phosphate and manganese.
The Territory also has high potential for other commodities, with exploration and developing projects underway for copper, rare earths, vanadium, lithium, tungsten, mineral sands and potash and more.
Fossickers have unearthed an array of gems and minerals in the NT. Read more about fossicking in the NT.
Developing mineral and energy resources
The NT Government’s Resourcing the Territory initiative includes a range of strategies designed to underpin the long-term sustainability of the Territory’s resources sector.
Find out more on the Resourcing the Territory website.
Laws and regulations
A list of legislation and regulations covering the exploration, mining and extractive activities in the NT is below.
Minerals legislation and regulations
Energy legislation and regulations
Petroleum: onshore and inland waters
Petroleum: specific to Mereenie and Palm Valley
Petroleum: NT coastal waters
Pipelines: onshore and inland waters
Pipelines: NT coastal waters
Other legislation relevant to mining, petroleum and geothermal activities
Last updated: 19 September 2018