Exploration is the process of locating mineral resources and assessing whether they could be economically mined.

It is critical to the development of mining in NSW and the economic benefits it generates. Exploration identifies the location of mineral resources that could be mined to replace existing mines as they exhaust their resources, and expand mineral production to keep up with growing global demand for minerals such as copper, gold, silver, cobalt, nickel and rare earths, all of which are essential in our day to day lives.