Co-funded Drilling Program Round 16 now open

Co-funded Drilling Program Online applications for Round 16 of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) Co–funded Drilling Program open on 15 September 2017 and will close at 5pm (WST) on 20 October 2017.

Applications for co-funded drilling projects in Round 16 must be for work to be undertaken in the 2018 calendar year.

For more information please visit the DMIRS website or contact Charlotte Hall, A/Coordinator EIS, on (08) 9222 3410 or email

Diamond Prospectivity of Western Australia

Diamond 2017 For the last few years, GSWA has been conducting a major review of the diamond exploration and prospectivity of Western Australia.

Preliminary results will be presented by Mark Hutchison, a GSWA consultant, at the 11th International Kimberlite Conference on 18–22 September 2017 in Gaborone, Botswana. The poster presentation — 'Diamond Prospectivity of Western Australia' outlines the project background, the methodology, the results of the data review and the results of the prospectivity analyses. Approximately 88 000 exploration diamond samples have been compiled and assessed.

A copy of the poster will be released on the DMIRS website in the eBookshop on Monday 18 September 2017 to coincide with the start of the conference.

The full package consists of a GSWA Report (Diamond Exploration and Prospectivity of Western Australia), an extensive diamond digital data set presented on a USB, together with a GSWA Record that is an explanatory note to the digital data. These are planned to be released at the end of October 2017.

For more information please contact Don Flint, Assistant Director Resources, on (08) 9222 3624 or email

CCFS Lithosphere Dynamics Workshop

The third edition of the CCFS Lithosphere Dynamics Workshop at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth will take place on 5 and 6 November 2017, just before the Specialist Group in Tectonics and Structural Geology (SGTSG) biennial meeting in Denmark, WA.

There will be two sessions:

We have an exciting list of presenters this year speaking on a wide range of topics from various perspectives to trigger fruitful discussion:

Dietmar Muller

Louis Moresi

Tim Stern

Ling Chen

Zhonghai Li

Keith Priestley

Fawna Korhonen

Tom Raimondo

Hrvoje Tkalcic

Craig O’Neill

Chris Kirkland

Stephen Foley

For more information and registration details, please visit the website.

CCFS Lithosphere Dynamics Workshop

GSWA database and online systems training 2017

Find out how to access geoscience data online and understand our systems at this free training course.

Systems include: GSWA database


The Perth training has been split into a morning session for mining companies and geologists and an afternoon session for prospectors.


The Kalgoorlie training is open to anyone and will run for a full day.


To register for this free training, email your name, company name, telephone number, the location and the date of the training you wish to attend to Venue details will be provided on registration.

For the Perth session, please indicate whether you wish to attend the mining companies/geologists (morning) or prospectors (afternoon) training.

Kalgoorlie Open Day

The Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) will open its doors with ‘GSWA in the Goldfields’ on Thursday 16 November. This event will feature a number of free events at different venues during the day and will culminate with three talks as part of the Raglan Drilling Geology Lecture Series at the Hannans Club.



Joe Lord Core Library, corner Broadwood and Hunter Streets, West Kalgoorlie
1.00–4.00pm Selected drillholes from the Kalgoorlie core library collection: nickel, stratigraphy, and an impact structure including several presentations, core viewing and discussions. Please contact to register.

The Raglan Drilling Geology Lecture Series at Hannans Club, 44 Brookman Street, Kalgoorlie

5.30pm for 6.00pm start


Spotlight on a product

Spotlight on a product Report 169 Petroleum source potential of the Ordovician Nambeet Formation, Canning Basin: evidence from petroleum well Olympic 1
by LS Normore and LM Dent

The petroleum source potential of the Ordovician Nambeet Formation in the Canning Basin has been revised based on the drilling of the Olympic 1 petroleum well. Total organic carbon (TOC) and Rock-Eval analysis across two distinct organic-rich mudstone intervals in the upper part of the Nambeet Formation has confirmed fair to very good source quality and fair to good hydrocarbon generating potential.

TOC estimation using wireline interpretation techniques on regional petroleum wells intersecting the Nambeet Formation are required to understand the potential of this source interval. Further geochemical analysis, such as gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GC-MS), kerogen kinetics and maceral composition, is also required to define the kerogen type in this source interval. This will provide correlations to known hydrocarbon shows in the Nambeet Formation, and permit Nambeet Formation source rocks to be distinguished from other Ordovician petroleum source rocks in the Canning Basin.

To download a free PDF copy, go to the DMIRS eBookshop.

New releases


Report 166 Thermo-mechanical evolution of orogeny in the Musgrave Province
by Walsh, A

Report 168 Crustal differentiation in the Proterozoic Capricorn Orogen
by Johnson, SP, Korhonen, FJ, Kirkland, CL, Cliff, JA, Belousova, EA and Sheppard, S

Report 169 Petroleum source potential of the Ordovician Nambeet Formation, Canning Basin: evidence from petroleum well Olympic 1
by LS Normore and LM Dent

Report 170 Assessment of thermal maturity using bitumen, graptolite and bioclast reflectance in the Ordovician Nambeet Formation, Olympic 1, Canning Basin
by LS Normore and LM Dent

Report 171 The volcanology, petrogenesis, and economic potential of the Mesoproterozoic shallow-water, intra-caldera, lava-like rheomorphic Kathleen Ignimbrite, west Musgrave Province, central Australia
by Medlin, CC

Report 172 Petrogenesis of the mafic-ultramafic intrusions of the Mesoproterozoic Giles Event, Musgrave Province, central Australia
by Seubert, REB


Record 2017/5 Canning coastal seismic survey — an overview of the Canning Basin with accompanying plate, Geological interpretation of the Canning Basin
by Zhan, Y

Record 2017/7 Towards a geochemical barcode for Eastern Goldfields Superterrane greenstone stratigraphy - preliminary data from the Kambalda-Kalgoorlie area
by Smithies, RH, Morris, PA, Wyche, S, De Paoli, M, Sapkota, J

Record 2017/8 The deep seismic reflection profile 11GA-Y01 in the west Musgrave Province: an updated view
by Quentin de Gromard, R, Howard, HM, Smithies, RH, Wingate, MTD, Lu, Y

Record 2017/9 Metamorphosed VMS mineralization at Wheatley, southwest Western Australia
by Hassan, LY

Record 2017/10 Alteration associated with the Austin-Quinns VMS deposits
by Hassan, LY

Record 2017/11 NW Biogeochemistry and Beyond Project
By Lintern, M, Ibrahimi, T, Pinchand, T, Cornelius, A

GSWA regional geophysics surveys: 11 September 2017 update

GSWA regional

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