Copper in NSW

Copper element (Cu)Copper's versatility and proven reliability makes it one of the world's most valuable and sought-after commodities.

NSW has a diverse range of opportunities for the discovery and development of copper-rich deposits where copper is produced as either the principal commodity or as a concentrate with significant copper credits.

NSW is a prominent producer of copper and the NSW Government is an active campaigner and supporter of exploration campaigns to find even more deposits NSW has the appeal of being one of the lowest cost copper producing regions in the world.

NSW copper mining operations are successful bulk mining operations employing advanced technology and modern processing methods.

Investment opportunities

Fact sheet

Read about Copper [2.17 MB] mineralogy and prospectivity in NSW.

Exploration companies with activities in NSW


Anchor Resources Limited

Copper, Gold, Antimony

Anglo American PLC

Copper, Gold

Arc Exploration Limited

Silver, Gold, Lead, Zinc

Ark Mines Limited

Gold, Copper, Iron Ore, Zinc, Silver, Lead

Augur Resources Ltd

Nickel Cobalt, Copper, Gold, Silver, Molybdenum

Aurelia Metals Limited

Gold, Copper, Lead, Zinc, Silver, Tin, Bismuth, Indium, Tungsten

Ausmon Resources Ltd

Gold, Copper, Silver and Zinc

Balamara Resources Limited

Zinc, Copper, Lead, Silver, Gold

Capital Mining Limited

Gold, Copper, Zinc, Silver, Lead, REE

Carpentaria Exploration Limited

Gold, Nickel, Copper, Iron ore, PGE

Castillo Copper Limited

Copper, Zinc, Silver, Gold

China Molybdenum Co Ltd

Silver, Copper, Gold

Clancy Exploration Limited

Gold, Copper, Silver, Lead, Zinc

Golden Cross Resources Limited

Copper, lead, Zinc, Silver, Gold, PGE, Ni

Helix Resources Limited

Copper, Gold

Heron Resources Limited

Copper, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Gold

Impact Minerals Limited

Nickel, Copper, PGE, Gold, Zinc, Silver, Lead

International Base Metals Limited

Copper, Gold

Ironbark Zinc Limited

Copper, Zinc, Lead

Jervois Mining Limited

Copper, Nickel, Scandium, Cobalt, Iron, Gold

KBL Mining Limited

Gold, Copper, Lead, Zinc, Silver

Kidman Resources Limited

Copper, Lead, Zinc, Silver, Gold

Mincor Resources NL

Copper, Gold

Minotaur Resources Limited

Copper, Gold

MMG Limited


Newcrest Mining Limited

Copper, Gold

Paradigm Metals Limited

Copper, Gold, Tungsten

Peel Mining Limited

Silver, Tungsten, Copper, Gold

Regis Resources Limited

Copper, Gold

Sandfire Resources NL

Copper, Gold

Southern Crown Resources Limited

Copper, Gold

St Barbara Limited

Copper, Gold

Straits Resources Limited

Copper, Gold

Teck Resources Limited


Thomson Resources Limited

Copper, Lead, Zinc, Gold

Variscan Mines Limited

Lead, Zinc and Silver, Copper, Tin, Gold

White Rock Minerals Ltd

Gold, Silver, Copper

Advanced exploration


Cadia Valley Operations

Newcrest Mining Limited

Newcrest continues to explore areas around existing Cadia Valley Operations to expand reserves that will support the development of additional production capacity in this large mineral district.

Hera-Nymagee Project

Aurelia Metals Limited

The company's focus is the development and ongoing exploration of the Hera-Nymagee Project, which includes the high grade gold and base metal Hera deposit and the emerging high-grade copper discovery at the nearby Nymagee copper deposit.

Burraga Project

Elysium Resources Limited

A scoping study commissioned assesses the commercial potential of reprocessing the tailings, slag and minor hard rock resources.

Projects with development applications under consideration


Avoca Tank Project

Straits Resources Limited

Copper, Gold, Silver

Operational mines

Mine Name

Tritton Operations

Straits Resources Limited

Copper, Gold, Silver, Cobalt

Northparkes (Goonumbla)

China Molybdenum Co Ltd

Copper and Gold

Mineral Hill (Parkers Hill, Pearse, Red Terror, Southern Ore Zone)

KBL Mining Limited

Gold, Copper, Zinc, Lead, Silver

Broken Hill (North Mine, Southern Operations, Henry George, 1130, Potosi, Silver Peak, Flying Doctor, Central Blocks)


Zinc, Lead, Silver, (Cadmium, Gold, Copper)

Endeavor (Elura)

Toho Zinc Co Ltd

Zinc, Lead, Silver, (Copper, Gold)

Peak Mine (The Peak, New Cobar, New Occidental, Perseverance, Chesney)

New Gold Inc

Gold, Copper, (Silver)

Cadia Valley Operations (Cadia East, Ridgeway )

Newcrest Mining Ltd

Copper, Gold, (Silver)

Cobar CSA

Glencore Xstrata

Copper, (Silver, Lead, Zinc)

Broken Hill - Rasp Mine (Broken Hill - CML7 (CBH), Pinnacle)

Toho Zinc Co Ltd

Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper

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