The Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) and Coal and Petroleum Geoscience conduct a wide range of projects covering geological mapping, mineral systems studies, geophysical surveys and interpretations, basin studies, energy resource assessments, geochronology, palaeostratigraphy, database development and 3D mapping.

In total there are 58 New Frontiers Initiative projects and ongoing activities. Find out more about the major projects below.

  • NSW Seamless Geology Project

    This project will provide a statewide compilation of best available mapping data in an internally consistent format.

    Go to NSW Seamless Geology Project

  • Geoscience Information Gateway

    This project will provide a single, integrated spatial and textual access to data presently available through a range of online services.

    Go to Geoscience Information Gateway

  • East Riverina Mapping Project

    This project will provide up-to-date data to aid mineral exploration and to inform regional land-use decisions. Products will include 1:100 000 (or better) geological mapping that will be incorporated into statewide digital geoscience datasets, annual technical and specialist reports, mineral prospectivity assessments and 3D models.

    Go to East Riverina Mapping Project

  • Southern Thomson Orogen Project

    A three year project between the Geological Survey of New South Wales, Geoscience Australia and the Geological Survey of Queensland to acquire and interpret multi-disciplinary geophysical, geochemical and geological data.

    Go to Southern Thomson Orogen Project

  • Mineral Potential Mapping
  • AusLAMP Project

    The Australian Lithospheric Architecture Magnetotelluric Project (AusLAMP) aims to establish baseline deep crustal conductivity between 11 km and 100 km depth across Australia.

    Go to AusLAMP Project

  • The South East Lachlan Crustal Transect seismic survey
  • Coonabarabran Project
    Read more about the department’s ongoing airborne geophysical acquisition. Currently the Coonabarabran region is being surveyed.

    Go to Coonabarabran Project

  • 3D mapping of NSW

    This project aims to generate 3D models of lithological and structural aspects of basin and orogenic provinces at scales ranging from broad to site-specific. The models have applications in land-use management, civil engineering, water resource management, waste management, mineral and energy resource exploration and research.

    Go to 3D mapping of NSW

  • New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling

    The program will provide grants to successful applicants for exploration drilling programs (Group 1, 2, 6 and 10 minerals only) which demonstrate strong prospectivity, sound financial planning and a proven technical base.

    Go to New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling

For further information
Geological Survey of New South Wales
+61 (0)2 4931 6666
+61 (0)2 4931 6700
Geological Survey of New South Wales, PO Box 344, Hunter Region Mail Centre NSW 2310
516 High Street Maitland NSW 2320 Map