Various locations, Northern Territory, Australia




Investment type

Investment type:

Equity investments, joint ventures, offtake agreements and farm-in arrangements

Project cost

Estimated total project cost:

Varies from project to project

Project status

Project status:

Investor ready

Project description

The Territory is home to world-class deposits of manganese on Groote Eylandt, bauxite at Gove, lead-zinc-silver at the McArthur River Mine, and gold at Callie in the Tanami.

The Territory is also prospective for a broad range of economically significant mineral commodities. It has the potential to become a stable supplier of ‘critical minerals’ to the world, which include battery commodities and metals used in advanced manufacturing and green technologies.

Prospective commodities

  • Gold
  • Lithium
  • Lead
  • Diamonds
  • Maganese
  • Nickel
  • Phosphate
  • Uranium
  • Cobalt
  • Zinc
  • Titanium
  • Bauxite
  • Heavy-mineral sands
  • Potash
  • Rare-earth elements
  • Vanadium
  • Copper
  • Molybdenum
  • Silver
  • Magnesite
  • Salt

There are numerous opportunities to invest in Territory minerals projects, from greenfields exploration targets to projects that are ready to enter production. Details of specific investment opportunities are available on the Resourcing the Territory website.

Dump truck being filled by a digger on mine site.

The Territory’s comparative advantages

The Territory is an established mining jurisdiction with six major operating mines and a range of smaller operations.

Seventeen new projects and one mine expansion are proceeding through feasibility studies and approvals. While exploration is active in greenfields and brownfields areas, the Territory is relatively underexplored and sparsely populated, providing rich opportunities for new discoveries.

The Territory is strategically located to supply commodities to the high-growth Asia-Pacific region. Enabling infrastructure already in place includes a network of natural gas pipelines, a central railway corridor connecting the length of the Territory to the Port of Darwin, multi-user storage and handling facilities at the Port of Darwin, and sealed major roads.

To stimulate exploration and investment, the Northern Territory Government develops pre-competitive geoscientific data, which is provided to industry and investors at no cost. The government’s four year (2018 to 2022) $26 million ‘Resourcing the Territory’ initiative also provides a dedicated investment attraction and project facilitation service.

Contact details

Mary Watson
Manager Investor Engagement, Strategic Engagement
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

Phone: +61 8 8999 5091

Disclaimer: This web page includes information provided by third parties. The information is general in nature and is for information purposes only. The Northern Territory Government makes no representation about the veracity or accuracy of information provided by third parties. You must rely on your own due diligence before proceeding. You should consider seeking independent professional advice.