GSWA Open Day 2018 — Friday 23 February

GSWA's next Open Day is on Friday 23 February 2018. This is a great opportunity to hear presentations on the latest results from GSWA's geoscience programs, including collaborative work with CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Curtin University and the Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET).

Activities and results of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) will be outlined and Round 17 of the State Government's Co-funded Exploration Drilling program will be launched.

Throughout the day there will be geological presentations, an extensive poster display and demonstrations of online systems.

Date: Friday 23 February 2018
Time: 8.30 am - 4.30 pm followed by a sundowner
Venue: Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, cnr Marine Tce & Essex St
Cost: $110

Full event details, including the presentation schedule for the day, are available on the department's website at The event costs $110 and online registration is available at .

Products for release at OPEN DAY 2018

Diamond exploration database

Diamond exploration and prospectivity of Western Australia by Mark Hutchison. This has three components:

Canning Basin SEEBASE model
This 2017 study is an update of the 2005 model which was again undertaken by Frogtech Geoscience. The release consists of a GIS data package and an interpretive report (GSWA Report 182, which is also included on the USB).

Airborne gravity data
Preliminary data for the 'NE Canning' survey undertaken in 2017 will be released.
Preliminary data for the 'Tanami' survey flown in 2017 was released on 9 January 2018.

Statewide Maps
Aboriginal land, conservation areas, mineral and petroleum titles and geology, Western Australia - 2018
Major resource projects, Western Australia - 2018
Mines - operating and under development, Western Australia - 2018

Round 16 applicants announced

The State Government recently released its list of successful applicants for Round 16 of the Co-funded Exploration Drilling program, the Exploration Incentive Scheme's (EIS) flagship program.

Up to $4.83 million will be offered to 44 drilling projects and will apply to projects drilled between January and December 2018.

One of several programs within the EIS, the co-funded drilling program aims to increase private sector resource exploration to help lead to new mineral and energy discoveries. The exploration increases knowledge of the State's geology and resources, while also helping to increase employment opportunities.

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) Acting EIS Coordinator, Charlotte Hall said most of the activities in the EIS are focused on underexplored greenfield regions. The Round 16 recipients are no exception to this and cover a geographically wide area throughout the State.

'From the South West to the north Perth Basin, and from the west Kimberley to the remote Amadeus Basin on the eastern margin of Western Australia, the successful Round 16 applicants encompass a diverse range of applicants and mix of commodities including lithium, gold, copper, base metals, potash, petroleum and nickel,' she said.

Organisations will be refunded up to 50% of direct drilling costs - with caps of $150 000 for a multi-hole project, $200 000 for a single deep hole, and $30 000 for a prospector's project.

Final refunds are made after completion of drilling and submission of comprehensive reports with analytical data, which are released publically on the department's WAMEX and WAPIMS databases after a six-month confidentiality period.

Recent EIS success stories include the copper-dominated discoveries in the eastern Pilbara by Antipa Minerals (Minyari copper-nickel-cobalt discovery), Sipa Resources (Paterson North copper-gold project), Encounter Resources’ copper and zinc prospects and Great Boulder Resources' significant copper-nickel-cobalt discovery at Mt Venn east of Laverton.
Another round of co-funded drilling will be undertaken between July 2018 and the end of June 2019. The application process for Round 17 will open on Friday 23 February 2018.

A list of successful R16 applicants and a map showing the distribution of projects are available on the DMIRS website.

GSWA database and online systems training — 2018

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

Systems include:

A desktop computer will be available for each participant.

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


Training in Kalgoorlie 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 Venues for both events will be confirmed on registration.

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

Flashback sale - special 50% discount for premium publications

The Geological Survey of Western Australia is offering its premium publications backlist for a limited time at a discount of 50% off the original advertised price. Act now to get some huge geological bargains while stocks last!

Flashback sale

Bulletin 145 Devonian reef complexes - current price $50 - discounted price $25
Bulletin 146 The geology of Shark Bay - current price $70 - discounted price $25
Mineral Resources Bulletin 24 Dimension Stone in WA Volume 2 - FREE
Discovery trails to early Earth - current price $25 - discounted price $15
Geology and landforms of the Perth Region - current price $22 - discounted price $11
Guidebook to the geology of Rottnest Island - FREE
The birth of supercontinents - current price $33 - discounted price $15
Australia goes it alone - current price $33 - discounted price $15
A Paleozoic perspective of WA - current price $33 - discounted price $15

To buy any of these hardcopies, please email Shipping costs will be added to the discounted price.

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Hard copies

Maps, USB data packages, and nine premium publications are available to purchase as hard copies from the eBookshop or the First Floor counter at Mineral House, 100 Plain Street, East Perth WA 6004. A new online cart and payment system is in place. Records, reports, bulletins and other non-series books cannot be purchased in hard copy but are all available as PDFs to view and download free of charge.

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For information on digital data, email the Digital Data Administrator on or telephone +61 8 9222 3816.

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