New Frontiers Exploration Program

The New Frontiers Exploration Program provides support to explorers to search for deposits of metallic minerals including critical minerals and high-tech metals in NSW. The program, formerly known as the New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling Program, has an extended scope to include exploration geophysics.

The program is part of the NSW Government’s Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Strategy to promote mineral exploration investment in NSW.

The New Frontiers Exploration Program will provide grants to successful applicants for exploration drilling and geophysical programs (Group 1, 6, and 10 minerals under the Mining Act 1992 only) that demonstrate strong prospectivity, sound financial planning and a proven technical base.

On 28 June 2022, the NSW Deputy Premier announced $1.5 million for round 5 of the program with the expanded eligibility to include exploration geophysics.

The program supports the long-term sustainability of the NSW resources sector by encouraging mineral exploration and discovery that will:

  • ensure a sustainable economic resource pipeline for the state, particularly in greenfields areas of the state
  • test new geological ideas and models and/or exploration in regions of significant cover
  • identify new critical minerals and high-tech metals deposits in NSW
  • create stronger relationships between government and industry.

Round 5 applications are now open

Applications for round 5 of the New Frontiers Exploration Program opened on 2 September 2022.

Applications can be submitted via the application form below, which requires details of the applicant, the project plan, and the completion of the technical assessment criteria.

Mining, Exploration and Geoscience recorded a webinar on Friday 23 September 2022 which provided industry with information about the program guidelines and application process.

Completed application forms must be received before the grant deadline of 5pm on 31 October 2022.

For further information

Contact us about the New Frontiers Exploration Program.