19 Feb 2021

Promoting Private Investment: Exploration Seminar Set for April

Registrations are now open for the Territory’s premium exploration event, the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar (AGES). 

The event, which has been running for more than two decades, has proven key in attracting and supporting the exploration of the Northern Territory’s rich resources, by providing state of the art geoscience information and data. 

This year’s seminar will be held in Alice Springs in April, and it’s anticipated to attract more than 200 delegates. 

After the 2020 event was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, this year’s seminar will bounce back with a list of highlights including: 

  • New data releases and exploration concepts from major collaborative geoscience programs in the East Tennant and South Nicholson regions;
  • Release of information on MinEx CRC drilling programs in the Barkly region;
  • New information on the architecture and resource potential of the Territory’s sedimentary basins.

AGES is an important opportunity for the Government to showcase the latest geological results from the Northern Territory Geological Survey programs under the $26 million Resourcing the Territory Initiative.

The Northern Territory’s exploration sector is set for a big year in 2021, driven by strong exploration for commodities such as copper, gold, gas and lithium. 

Pre-seminar workshops commence 19 April, followed by the AGES 2021 event on 20 – 21 April at the Alice Springs Convention Centre.  

To register, please visit

Quotes attributable to Nicole Manison, Minister for Mining and Industry  

“The Territory Labor Government is working very hard to make the NT the best place for exploration investment in Australia.

“Mineral exploration was identified in The Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission’s (TERC) final report as a priority industry - critical to boost our economy, attract private investment and create jobs.

“The total value of mineral production in the Northern Territory for 2019-20 was $4.4 billion and we know mining is a huge job creator in the Territory, employing over 4,400 people directly.

“We will continue to support the Territory’s resources sector and strengthen our position as the comeback capital.”

Media Contact - Alex Cannon 0407 239 967