Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations

Call for applications to round 11 (2018-2019)

Submission of applications for round 11 (2018-19) funding is now open.

Applicants are encouraged to read the program’s guidelines in preparation for submission. Applications for funding will be received from 4 May 2018 and the submission of applications must be received by 10am CST, 24 May 2018.


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 criteriaPDF (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 (36.8 kb)DOCX (47.7 kb)
Geological sample submission procedure PDF (162.1 kb) 
Collaboration reporting guidelines PDF (84.7 kb)DOCX (51.0 kb)
Guideline 7 reporting on mineral titles PDF (381.8 kb)DOCX  (161.2 kb)


Annette Souter
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: 03 May 2018