The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) promotes investment in the resources sector by improving the geological understanding of the State and providing geoscientific data to the exploration industry, improving exploration efficiency, and reducing exploration risk.
GSWA monitors and assesses exploration performance on mineral tenements and provides geological advice needed for the administration of, and proposed changes to, the Mining Act 1978 and Offshore Minerals Act. This legislation requires mineral explorers to report annually on their work programs. After a period of confidentiality, exploration reports and data are made publicly available so that past exploration work is not unnecessarily repeated. These are referred to as open-file reports and are available on the website in WAMEX (W.A. Mineral Exploration reports).
Innovative and greenfield exploration is also encouraged by the GSWA, which is currently managing a four-year Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS). This scheme is an $80 million State Government initiative aimed at encouraging innovative exploration, particularly in ‘greenfield’ areas of the State. For further information see ‘Exploration Incentive Scheme'.
Geological advice is also given on applications for a Mining Lease where the applicant is proceeding under the ‘Significant Mineralisation’ route (Sections 74 and 74A of the Mining Act). These Mineralisation Reports are public documents and become readily available online once approved by the Director Geological Survey. For further information see ‘Mineralisation Reports’.