Retention Lease - South Australia


You will need this lease to retain your rights to your mineral claim after it has lapsed and before you have been issued a mining lease.

This lease grants security of tenure to conduct further exploratory operations. It is only issued to the holder of a Mineral Claim and may be granted if the mineral is not economically viable or if a radioactive mineral is being sought. This licence is not contained in the business activity module because it is issued to holders of a mineral claim who fall into the above category.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must have a mineral claim and for one of the following to apply:

  • the Authority deemed that it is not economically or otherwise viable for you to immediately proceed to mine the land under your mining tenement
  • sufficient investigation has not been carried out on the mineral claim for the Authority to issue a mining lease
  • you seek to be authorised to mine radioactive minerals and the Authority deems it necessary to defer granting your lease.


Up to 5 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Administering agency

Department for Energy and Mining

Mineral Resources Division

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

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