Mineral and energy resources
The mining and energy industries are critical to the Northern Territory's (NT) development, particularly in regional areas.
Developing mineral and energy resources
There are requirements that must be met if you are exploring or producing mineral and energy resources in the NT. Find out more about:
- mineral exploration
- mineral titles
- petroleum activities
- petroleum titles
- geothermal titles and activities.
You can get information about the Territory's known major commodities on the Resourcing the Territory website. This includes:
- past and current production
- resource figures
- details of current projects
- geological and industry information.
Types of minerals in the NT
The NT has some of Australia's largest deposits of:
Find out about the production of these and other minerals on the Resourcing the Territory website.
Fossickers have unearthed an array of gems and minerals in the NT. Read more on the Fossicking website.
Laws and regulations
A list of legislation and regulations covering the exploration, mining and extractive activities in the NT is below.
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: 29 March 2021
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