Northern Australia is resource rich – it boasts many world-class deposits such as iron ore (Pilbara), Cu-Au (Tennant Creek), diamonds (Argyle), Cu-Pb-Zn (Mt Isa), U (Ranger) and bauxite (Weipa). These deposits have served us well, but they are the product of discovery in and around outcropping basement rocks. Much of Northern Australia (~80%) is blanketed by younger rocks that cover prospective basement. Exploring for the Future is a $100.5 million investment by the Australian Government to reveal the concealed geology beneath this cover and to present an exciting new geoscience information prospectus that will stimulate renewed investment in exploration for minerals, energy and groundwater in our north. This talk will outline the integrated science activities associated with the minerals component of the programme.