This program is managed by the Geological Survey of NSW and is part of the NSW Mineral Strategy commitment to promote investment in NSW. The New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling program provides grants to successful applicants for exploration drilling programs (Group 1, 6 and 10 minerals only) that demonstrate strong prospectivity, sound financial planning and a proven technical base.

The program supports the long-term sustainability of the NSW resources sector by:

  • supporting mineral exploration and discovery in NSW that will ultimately ensure a sustainable economic resource pipeline for the state
  • encouraging exploration activity in greenfields areas that will test new geological ideas and models and/or exploration in regions covered by significant cover
  • improving our understanding of the state's mineral resource potential, in order to fully realise the economic resource potential of the state

From 2014 to 2017, the program delivered two rounds of grants that funded 50 per cent, 75 per cent, or 100 per cent of drilling metre-rate costs for individual projects, with a maximum of $200,000 awarded per project.

A third round of grants has been announced after an expression of interest process in late 2019.

New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling round three grants announced

The NSW Government has announced $2.2 million in grants to 22 mineral exploration projects across the state as part of the third round of the New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling grants program.

The grants reimburse successful explorers for 50 per cent of per metre drilling costs, up to a maximum of $200,000.

The program aims to support the long-term sustainability of the NSW resources sector by encouraging mineral exploration and discovery, particularly drilling programs that target underexplored areas in the state, or that test new geological ideas and models.

The projects are predominantly exploring for copper and gold in key areas in Central and Far Western NSW, as well as other target metals such as cobalt, platinum, nickel, silver, lead, zinc, tin and tungsten.

View a list of the successful applicants.

View of map of the areas to be explored using the grants.

For further information
New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling
+61 (02) 4063 6718
New Frontiers Initiative, Geological Survey of NSW, Department of Regional NSW, PO Box 344, Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map