Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations

Applications to Round 11 of the Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations program have been assessed and the following projects have been successful for co-funding. The programs will commence and be completed within the 2018-19 financial year. Upon completion of the projects, a report on the work undertaken will be submitted to the NT Geological Survey and it will become publicly accessible six months from the completion of the field work.

Successful applications to round 11 map (552.3 kb).

ApplicantTenementProject Name
Prodigy Gold NL EL31291 Capstan Anticline Stratigraphic Drilling
Marindi Metals Limited EL25313 Caranbirini Anomaly B
MMG Exploration Pty Ltd EL26831 Cow Lagoon
Todd River Resources Limited EL25581 Rover Drilling
Todd River Resources Limited EL27711, EL30085 McArthur Drilling
Walhallow Creek No 2 Pty Limited EL24115, EL24195, EL29802, EL30281 Bowgan Project
Vista Gold Australia EL29882 Wandie-Azaria drilling
Total for diamond drilling $584,012   
PNX Metals Ltd EL28462 Woolianna gabbro orthomagmatic mineralisation
Red Metal Limited EL24009, EL31467 Gosse River Project
Total for reverse circulation drilling $149,929 
Independence Group NL EL30739, EL30740 Lake Mackay
Independence Group NL EL31682, EL31683, EL31684, EL31685, EL31686, EL31687, EL31688 Raptor
Gempart (NT) Pty Ltd EL25566, EL31383 Musgrave South West Ni-Co Project
Lagoon Creek Resources Pty Ltd EL9319, EL23573, EL29898 Murphy Project
Northern Cobalt Limited EL31272, EL31548, EL31590, EL31549 Wollogorang Project
Gempart (NT) Pty Ltd EL26819 Giles Creek
Total for geophysics $469,260  
Combined total$1,203,201  
7 projects have been awarded Territory Supplier Incentive funding  
Total $70,000 
GRAND TOTAL $1,273,201 including GST
$1,157,455.50 excluding GST


The Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations Program forms part of the Resourcing the Territory initiative and aims to increase the intensity of exploration drilling and geophysical data in greenfields areas of the Northern Territory (NT).

The program provides co-funding assistance of 50% of the program cost up to $125 000 inclusive of GST to successful applicants for selected exploration diamond drilling programs and up to $100 000 inclusive of GST for selected exploration reverse-circulation (RC) drilling and geophysical acquisition projects in areas where there is a paucity of geological information.

Projects that seek to use innovative exploration tools or to obtain geological information at depth are encouraged to apply. Applications that use integrated or new technologies that test a clear, targeted geological problem may be considered for smaller prospect-scale programs.

RC drilling will be considered in pure greenfields areas where evidence can be provided that no other drilling has been conducted in the area and a completely untested geological model is being investigated.

This year an additional $10 000 (inc GST) of funding will be offered to engage NT owned and/or based suppliers and companies to complete works in the NT. The Territory Supplier Incentive comprises up to $10 000 (inclusive of GST) of co-funding per project, which must be spent exclusively on local service and supply. This can include 50% of the cost of:

  • up to $20 000 worth of additional drilling to the proposed program or mobilisation/demobilisation if an NT-based drilling company is undertaking the program
  • cost of geochemical analysis (both preparation and analysis) using a laboratory based in the NT
  • drilling of water bores to support drilling, and/or water haulage by NT companies
  • earthworks, track construction and/or equipment hire from NT companies.

See round 11 guidelines (115.6 kb) for full details.

Information gained from collaborative projects will be released to the public six months after the completion of field work to encourage further exploration.


Round 11 Timetable
4 May 2018 Call for applications.
10am CST, 24 May 2018 Close of applications.
Early June 2018 Assessment of applications by the panel. Successful applicants announced.
Mid June 2018 Funding agreement (contract) negotiated with successful applicants.
1 December 2018 Completion of all field work.
30 June 2019 Funding agreement ends.

Guidelines and templates

Round 11 guidelines PDF (115.6 kb)DOCX (75.9 kb)
Proposal cover sheet PDF (74.3 kb)DOCX (41.9 kb)
Application template PDF  (47.8 kb)DOCX (48.6 kb)
Diamond drilling assessment criteria PDF (41.1 kb)DOCX (42.7 kb)
Non-diamond drilling assessment criteria PDF (42.3 kb)DOCX (44.3 kb)
Geophysics assessment criteria PDF (40.8 kb)DOCX  (42.8 kb)
Final report template PDF  (46.9 kb)DOCX  (45.1 kb)
Geological sample submission form PDF (41.3 kb)DOCX (56.9 kb)
Geological sample submission procedure PDF (162.1 kb) DOCX (3.5 mb)
Collaboration reporting guidelines PDF (84.7 kb)DOCX (51.0 kb)
Guideline 7 reporting on mineral titles PDF  (275.3 kb)DOCX   (437.6 kb)


Ph: +61 8 8999 5424

Successful projects in previous rounds

Useful resources

For more information on mineral and petroleum titles go to mines and energy on the NT Government website.

Last updated: 23 October 2018