Collaborative exploration grants

The Collaborative Exploration Initiative (CEI) provides industry grants to:

  • encourage investment in under-explored parts of north-west Queensland
  • support innovative exploration techniques.

The CEI is now closed.

Round 1 was awarded in December 2017 to 9 companies supporting a total of 12 projects. Round 2 was awarded in December 2018 to 12 companies supporting a total of 15 projects.

Click on the maps below to view the company names and tenure locations.

You can subscribe to collaborative exploration grants updates to receive future program announcements.

Benefits to participants

The grants are an important part of the Strategic Resources Exploration Program (SREP).

Supported projects will receive a grant of up to 50% of the direct activity costs, to a maximum of $200,000.

However, projects that meet an early incentive period will be eligible to receive a grant of up to 75% of the direct activity costs, to a maximum of $300,000.

Eligible projects include drilling and non-drilling activities, such as seismic, airborne and ground geophysics, and geochemical surveys.

Benefits to north-west Queensland

By co-funding exploration activity with industry, the CEI grants stimulate private sector investment in under-explored parts of the North West Queensland Minerals Province (PDF, 199KB).

Through collaborative, innovative exploration, we aim to expand our shared knowledge of the geological foundations and resource potential of the region.

When the projects are completed, the companies will submit a final report with data and analysis. These reports will become publicly available on QDEX Reports.

Drill core from drilling projects will be added to our core libraries in Mount Isa and Brisbane.

Project timelines

Round 1 final reports become open file on QDEX Reports 1 April 2019
Round 2 early incentive period cut-off (projects completed) 9 August 2019
Round 2 final deadline for projects to be completed 20 December 2019
Round 2 final reports become open file on QDEX Reports 1 April 2020
Round 1 drill core submitted 1 January 2021
Round 2 drill core submitted 1 January 2022

Previous grant programs

You can access the exploration reports from previous grant programs on QDEX Reports. Conduct a General Search, and under the Report Type select Collaborative Drilling Initiative – Final (completed).

Maps of supported projects under the Queensland Government's previous exploration grants programs are below for reference.

Contact us

Collaborative Exploration Initiative team
Phone: +61 7 3096 6123
Email: geological_info@dnrme.qld.gov.au