Exploring for the Future Program

Last updated: 21 August 2023

The $225 million AUS Exploring for the Future program, being led by Geoscience Australia in collaboration with state and Northern Territory geological surveys, gathers new innovative high-resolution geoscience data and information about the potential mineral, energy and groundwater resources concealed beneath the surface in large areas of Australia. 

This program helps explorers target new mineralisation by imaging the deepest roots of mineral systems all the way through to the surface, and is employing many world-first techniques.  

The 2020-2024 program is currently focused on eight interrelated projects, united in growing understanding of subsurface geology:

  • Three deep-dive projects in potentially resource-rich corridors identified in the east and west of Australia;
  • Three continental-scale projects that have national applications with a focus on southern Australia; and
  • Two program-support projects.

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