Ellendale Diamond Mine

Ellendale represents an opportunity for future extraction of the internationally acclaimed, high quality, fancy yellow diamond.

Ellendale Diamond Mine

Please note: Unauthorised access to the Ellendale site is prohibited and trespassers will be prosecuted. The site is locked and access is monitored.

DMIRS is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from experienced companies interested in reopening the Ellendale Diamond Mine on a new mining lease.

Submissions will be dealt with confidentially through the State Government’s tendering process.

Submissions close on 30 November 2018 and will be evaluated by a panel of DMIRS experts before being presented to the Minister for consideration.

The Minister for Mines and Petroleum is expected to select a company from the EOI submissions early in 2019 and will invite the company to apply for a new mining lease.

For more information or to submit an EOI email EllendaleEOI@dmirs.wa.gov.au.

Details of how to submit an EOI are contained in the Request for Expressions of Interest former Ellendale Diamond Mine document which can be downloaded from Tenders WA.

The EOI document can be downloaded from Tenders WA by searching for ‘DMIRS210618’, and submissions can be made on the Tenders WA website until 11.00am on 30 November 2018.

Geology, Resources and Exploration Potential of the Ellendale Diamond Project, West Kimberley, Western Australia was released in August 2018.  Record 2018/8 is available from the DMIRS bookshop.


Ellendale Diamond Mine is located about 120km east of Derby in the West Kimberley region of Western Australia.

It includes the E4 and E9 pits, waste rock landforms, tailings storage facilities and areas of other infrastructure. Mining commenced at the E9 pit in 2002 and at the E4 pit in 2006. Mining at the E4 pit was suspended and the area entered care and maintenance in 2009. Mining at the E9 pit continued until 2015.

The mining tenements were held by Kimberley Diamond Company NL (KDC) but mining activities ceased at Ellendale in July 2015, when KDC entered into administration. Later that month, creditors voted for the company to be placed into liquidation.

After the mine was closed in 2015, the Minister for Mines and Petroleum created an exemption area under Section 19 of the Mining Act.  This section allows the Minister to invite a mining company or consortium to apply for a new mining lease.

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has been managing the site through the Abandoned Mines Program since then and has undertaken a range of activities within the Ellendale area to minimise the environmental, safety and health risks at the site. The department has continued to focus on ensuring the resource value of the tenements is not diminished and that the site remains a viable option for future responsible resource development.

For more information on how the WA State Government is addressing the risks associated with abandoned mine sites through management and rehabilitation please view the Abandoned Mines Program.


Previous Ellendale information sheets

Ellendale Information Sheet 3 – March 2018 - 681 Kb

To update stakeholders on the status of the former Ellendale Diamond Mine.

Ellendale Information Sheet 2 – April 2016 - 766 Kb

Information sheet to update the status of the Ellendale Diamond Mine.

Ellendale Information Sheet 1 – December 2015 - 732 Kb

Information sheet to update the status of the Ellendale Diamond Mine.


Abandoned Mines Team
Email:  AbandonedMines@dmirs.wa.gov.au
Phone:  +61 8 9222 3402

Media enquiries
Email: media@dmirs.wa.gov.au

Phone:  +61 8 9222 6102

Expressions of Interest
Email:  EllendaleEOI@dmirs.wa.gov.au