Geophysics and Drilling Collaborations

Submission of applications for Round 12 funding is now open.

Programs must commence and be completed within the 2019-20 financial year.

Applicants are encouraged to read the program's guidelines in preparation for submission.

Applications to be emailed to by 5:00pm Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), Monday 15 April 2019.


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 greenfield 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 greenfield 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.

An additional $10 000 (inc GST) of funding will be offered to engage NT enterprises 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 (including mobilisation/demobilisation/standby) if an NT enterprise 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 enterprises
  • earthworks, track construction and/or equipment hire from NT enterprises.

An NT Enterprise should be registered with the Industry Capability Network Northern Territory to be considered for the incentive.

See Round 12 guidelines (335.7 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
6 March 2019 Call for applications.
5:00pm ACST,
Monday 15 April 2019
Close of applications.
May 2019 Assessment of applications by the panel. Successful applicants announced.
June 2019 Funding agreement (contract) negotiated with successful applicants.
1 December 2019 Completion of all field work.
30 June 2020 Funding agreement ends.

Guidelines and templates

Round 12 guidelines PDF (335.7 kb)DOCX (416.8 kb)
Proposal cover sheet PDF (135.1 kb)DOCX (166.1 kb)
Project application template PDF (180.1 kb)DOCX (173.1 kb)
Diamond drilling assessment criteria PDF (124.5 kb)DOCX (165.7 kb)
Reverse-circulation drilling assessment criteria PDF (124.9 kb)DOCX (165.8 kb)
Geophysics assessment criteria PDF (123.7 kb)DOCX (165.7 kb)
Claimable costs templatePDF (83.6 kb)XLSX (28.3 kb)
Final report templatePDF (134.5 kb)DOCX (166.3 kb)
Summary final reporting and data format requirementsPDF (232.4 kb)DOCX (171.6 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)
Guideline 7 reporting on mineral titles PDF  (275.3 kb)DOCX   (437.6 kb)


Kate Mornane
Collaborations Officer
Phone: +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: 12 April 2019