Airborne Geophysics Index (MAGIX)

MAGIX is a register of datasets from privately commissioned airborne geophysical surveys and government commissioned airborne and ground regional geophysical surveys.

Search for surveys and download data in the ‘Geophysical Surveys’ layers in the GeoVIEW.WA interactive map-viewing application.

Access to data is dependent on survey ownership and status indicated (see 'Obtaining survey datasets' below).


Access MAGIX (Online)

Most private company surveys in the register are those submitted to the department and released under the provisions of the Mining Act 1978, however, any airborne survey may be submitted for inclusion in the register. The access conditions for non-statutory submissions are specified by the owner of the survey data, ranging from confidentiality to open access.

Data for explorers

Search for surveys in the ‘Geophysical Surveys’ layers in the interactive map-viewing application, GeoVIEW.WA. Access to data is dependent on survey ownership and status indicated (see 'Obtaining survey datasets' below).

You can download statewide and special-area compilation grids and images from the Regional geophysical survey data page. State compilation grids and images may also be downloaded from the GSWA Projects directory in the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre public data store.

Survey registration and data submission for data owners

You can register an airborne survey under the airborne survey reporting policy as an alternative to submitting the data in a statutory annual exploration report.

Guidelines for Mineral Exploration Reporting.

Registration of an airborne survey under the reporting policy means you need submit the data only once — you can quote the MAGIX registration number in a report instead of having to include the data with the report.

Data from a registered survey will remain confidential for five years from the survey date, regardless of the underlying tenement situation. There is an optional additional five years confidentiality period if the data are lodged with an independent sales agent for unrestricted commercial sale ('multiclient' data sales period).

If airborne data files are submitted with an annual report, they are held with the report and released to open file when the report is released.

Note that we no longer accept data from aerial photography surveys for registration under the Reporting Policy in MAGIX. Such datasets must be included with annual reports.


Use the MAGIX online platform at to register a survey under reporting policy conditions.

You will be prompted to create a DMIRS My Account before you can fill in the online form and submit data for registration. Please compress the complete survey dataset and the operations report into a zip file before uploading in order to preserve the original folder structure.

Note: we do not accept partial survey datasets for registration.

Registered survey owners

Owners of registered surveys may request a copy of their data at any time.

Please note that if you are the owner of a confidential survey registered under reporting policy conditions, the department does not send out notices alerting owners to the impending expiry of the multi-client conversion option period.

The data will be released to open file if the following is not received by the option expiry date:

  • written advice of placement of data eligible for multi-client conversion with an independent sales agent
  • a copy of the sales agreement

Once released, the data cannot be converted to multi-client status.

Obtaining survey datasets

Access to survey data is dependent on the data ownership and status which are shown in the list of attributes for each survey in the MAGIX register.

Download the MAGIX Register records in ArcView, MapInfo or KMZ formats from the Data and Software Centre.

(a) Open-file company datadownload free of charge from ‘Geophysical Surveys’ in GeoVIEW.WA

  • Data files are supplied as they were submitted to the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA). They normally (but not always) include located and gridded data, and may also include logistics reports, images and interpretation material. They are also available on an external hard drive.

(b) Multi-client company data — contact the nominated sales agent.

  • The agent is obliged to provide the data without undue delay and at a ‘reasonable’ price, without reference to the data owner. There is no obligation on the agent to provide derivative or value-added products; the agent is free to charge for any such products ordered.

(c) Confidential company data — contact the nominated data custodian.

  • The owner or custodian has no obligation to provide the data and is free to set or negotiate any conditions for provision of the data.

(d) Regional Government survey data — download free of charge from from ‘Geophysical Surveys’ in  GeoVIEW.WA or from the Geophysical Archive Data Delivery System (GADDS)

(e)  Western Australia State or special-area compilations — download free of charge from Regional geophysical survey data.



Data files on external hard drive

Rather than downloading multiple individual survey data files, you can purchase an external hard drive containing all currently available open-file company data and government regional data (excluding very large datasets — e.g. hyperspectral and LiDAR — for which individual delivery arrangements must be made via the online order form.

The cost for the drive is $132 (including GST).

Note: These data can be copied to your own drive for a cost of $55 (including GST).

Submit an order for the data on an external hard drive.

MAGIX data custodians

To obtain the data for a 'registered' or private company survey listed in MAGIX, contact the nominated data custodian. The data custodian varies with the survey status:

Survey status: Confidential Multi-client Open file
Custodian: Reporting company Sales agent GSWA


Open-file data:  The custodian is the department’s Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA).  Download data via GeoView.WA or submit a request for data on a USB or external drive (charges may apply).

Confidential data: The custodian is the company that owns the data. There is no obligation for companies to make their confidential data available if they do not wish to do so. They are also free to set the conditions under which they are prepared to release data.

Multi-client data: The custodian is the nominated sales agent. The agent is obliged to provide the data to anyone who wishes on payment of the prevailing commercial rate for those data. If the agent refuses or is unable to sell the data, contact

Sales agents for registered 'multi-client' surveys

Core Geophysics Pty Ltd PO Box 303, Bull Creek WA 6149
Tel: 0412 863 651
Resource Potentials Pty Ltd 1/46 Hasler Road, Osborne Park, WA 6017
PO Box 167, Northbridge WA 6865
Tel: + 61 8 9289 9100
NewGen Geo

9a Neville St, Bayswater, WA 6053
Tel: 0458 458 079

Southern Geoscience Consultants 39 Richardson Street, West Perth WA 6005
Tel: +61 8 6254 5000
Fax: +61 8 6254 5099
Spinifex-GPX Pty Ltd 8 Kings Park Road, West Perth WA 6005
Tel: 0438 861 974
UTS Geophysics  Unit 2, 17 Oxleigh Drive, Malaga WA 6090
Tel: +61 8 6310 4003
Fax: +61 8 6310 4099
Western Geospectral 10 Tuam St, Victoria Park WA 6100
Tel +61 8 9361 5704



Airborne geophysical survey test ranges

There are four test ranges in Western Australia for the calibration and testing of airborne geophysical systems:


Geophysical survey safety regulation in Western Australia

Useful links

The following safety regulation areas apply in Western Australia:

Airborne geophysical survey safety regulations are administered by:
Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)
Tel: 131 757 (local call cost within Australia)
Tel: +61 2 6217 1111 (from outside Australia)
Email: (CASA Western Region office)
Ground geophysical survey safety for mining operations (includes exploration operations) is regulated under the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and the Mines Safety and Inspection Regulations 1995, which are administered by:

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) - Resources Safety Division
Tel: +61 8 9358 8001
Email:; (Petroleum Safety)

Licensing requirements for electrical ground geophysics surveys in Western Australia are administered by:
EnergySafety at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS)
Tel: +61 8 9422 5282
Application for a permit for ground geophysical survey equipment (electrical) Ground geophysical survey equipment permit (external link current at 2 September 2015)
For industry best-practice guidelines refer to the relevant industry safety association websites:




For more information contact: