Vale Margaret Ellis

Margaret Ellis The department was saddened to learn that Margaret Ellis passed away on 12 July 2019.

Margaret retired from DMIRS in December 2017 after a distinguished 21-year career with the Geological Survey of Western Australia. She was born and brought up in Tasmania, and returned to Hobart in her retirement.

Her career with the department began when she joined GSWA in February 1997 as the Process Leader for the Exploration and Information Management and Support Section that managed the WAPEX (now WAPIMS) and WAMEX databases.

In 2009 she became the Coordinator of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), which began in April of that year. The EIS is now entrenched in GSWA’s budget, and the success of the scheme reflects Margaret’s innovative and insightful management of the $5 million co-funded exploration drilling component.

Margaret was an integral part of GSWA’s Executive Team, and was the first woman to take on the role of Acting Executive Director.

Over the years, Margaret worked alongside many people and will be greatly missed by her colleagues and those in the wider exploration community.

WA Petroleum Day 2019 — registrations now open

Find out what is going on with petroleum — now and in the future in Western Australia

WA Petroleum Day 2019

This is a great opportunity to hear presentations and view posters showing the recent activities and information relevant to the Western Australian petroleum industry by staff from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, the Commonwealth as well as industry leaders.

Exhibits are planned and staff from DIIS, Geoscience Australia, NOPTA, NOPSEMA, PESA, WA:ERA, Australian Marine Complex, PAWSEY and NERA will be available.

When: Friday 13 September 2019, 9 am – 4 pm

Where: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 99 Adelaide Tce, Perth

Immediately following the GOOD OIL CONFERENCE


For more information, email

Round 20 Co-funded drilling program

Advance notice

Round 20 Co-funded Drilling program opens for applications


FREE database and online systems training

Learn how to access geoscience data online and understand the department’s systems at these FREE training sessions.

Topics include:

A desktop computer will be available for each participant.


The Perth training has been divided into separate sessions: one for advanced (morning) and one for beginners (afternoon).   

ADVANCED — morning
Welcome and web systems
Questions and activities

BEGINNERS — afternoon
Welcome and web systems
Questions and activities


The Kalgoorlie training is open to anyone (full day).

To register, email and include your details (name, company name, telephone number), with the name, location and date of the training you wish to attend. For the Perth sessions, please indicate whether you wish to attend the advanced (morning) or beginners (afternoon) training.

GSWA in the Goldfields — 2019

The Joe Lord Core Library in Kalgoorlie will be the venue for GSWA in the Goldfields to be held on
Thursday 28 November 2019. There will be presentations with an introduction and welcome by Ian Tyler, Director, Geoscience, GSWA. Various core will be on display.

In the evening, the Raglan Drilling Geology Lecture Series will again be held at Hannans Club, 44 Brookman St, Kalgoorlie.

More information will follow in due course so make sure you save the date!

Flashback sale — massive discounts for premium publications — while stocks last!

DMIRS is offering its premium publications backlist for a limited time with massive discounts off the original advertised price. Act now to get some huge geological bargains while stocks last!

The cover of Bulletin 146 The geology of Shark Bay Discovery trails to early Earth Geology and landforms of the Perth region Cover of The birth of supercontinents Cover of the book

Bulletin 145 Devonian reef complexes – current price $50 – discounted price $27.50
Bulletin 146 The geology of Shark Bay – current price $70 – discounted price $27.50
Discovery trails to early Earth – current price $25 – discounted price $16.50
Geology and landforms of the Perth Region – current price $22 – discounted price $11
Australia goes it alone – current price $33 – discounted price $16.50
A Paleozoic perspective of WA – current price $33 – discounted price $16.50
The birth of supercontinents – current price $33 – discounted price $16.50
MRB 17 Barite and fluorite in Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 19 Kaolin in Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 20 Bentonite, attapulgite, and common clays in Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 21 Silica resources of Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 22 Tantalum in Western AustraliaFREE
MRB 23 Dimension stone in Western Australia: Volume 1FREE
MRB 24 Dimension stone in Western Australia: Volume 2FREE

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

All prices are inclusive of GST.

New edition of Fieldnotes now available

New edition of Fieldnotes now available The latest edition of Fieldnotes (July 2019 number 91) is now available on eBookshop.

Access Fieldnotes and GSWA eNewsletter

Fieldnotes is a quarterly publication (now digital only), which provides the State's exploration industry and other geoscientists with information on our latest work and ongoing programs. The publication offers updates on other products and services.

Find past issues of Fieldnotes on our website or subscribe to this eNewsletter to get the latest release.

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Access GSWA products

You can download maps, reports, and digital information free of charge from our website.

Click on these links to take you to the download or launch page for that product:

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.

Contact Us

Contact Us

For information on publications, email or telephone +61 8 9222 3459/ fax +61 8 9222 3444.

For information on digital data, email or telephone +61 8 9222 3816.

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East Perth WA 6004

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