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8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Mar 2015  
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


TOTAL EXPENDITURE

The trend estimate for total mineral exploration expenditure fell 6.1% (or -$25.9m) to $396.5m in the March quarter 2015. The largest contributor to the fall in the trend estimate this quarter was Western Australia (down 7.6% or -$18.9m). The current quarter estimate is 19.8% lower than the March quarter 2014 estimate.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for mineral exploration expenditure fell 13.4% (or -$59.0m) to $381.0m in the March quarter 2015. The largest contributors to the fall this quarter were Queensland (down 32.2% or -$30.7m) and Western Australia (down 11.9% or -$30.1m).

MINERAL EXPLORATION, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: Mineral Exploration (Time Series Estimate): Expenditure and Metres Drilled, ; Total deposits , Australia


In original terms, mineral exploration expenditure fell 30.7% (or -$141.0m) to $318.0m in the March quarter 2015. Exploration on areas of new deposits fell 39.7% (or -$60.0m) and expenditure on areas of existing deposits fell 26.3% (or -$81.0m).

In original terms, the largest decrease by minerals sought came from expenditure on iron ore (down 43.4% or -$63.0m). The next largest decrease came from expenditure on coal (down 44.0% or -$34.3m).

MINERAL EXPLORATION, Original series
Graph: MINERAL EXPLORATION, Original series



METRES DRILLED

The trend estimate for metres drilled fell 1.2% in the March quarter 2015. The current quarter estimate is 2.9% lower than the March quarter 2014 estimate.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for metres drilled fell 4.8% in the March quarter 2015.

METRES DRILLED, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: METRES DRILLED, Seasonally adjusted and trend


In original terms, metres drilled fell 29.0%. Drilling in areas of new deposits fell 49.6% and drilling in areas of existing deposits fell 20.1%.

METRES DRILLED, Original series
Graph: METRES DRILLED, Original series



PETROLEUM EXPLORATION


TOTAL EXPENDITURE

The trend estimate for total petroleum exploration expenditure rose 4.4% (or +$46.3m) to $1,100.5m in the March quarter 2015. Exploration expenditure on production leases rose 7.1% (or +$18.1m), while exploration expenditure on all other areas rose 3.0% (or +$24.0m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for total petroleum exploration expenditure rose 5.7% (or +$60.3m) to $1,122.7m in the March quarter 2015. Exploration expenditure on production leases rose 19.5% (or +$48.4m) and exploration expenditure on all other areas rose 1.5% (or +$11.9m).

The largest contributor to the increase in the trend estimate was South Australia (up 29.1% or +$30.7m) and the largest contributor to the rise in the seasonally adjusted estimate was South Australia (up 69.8% or +$65.4m).

PETROLEUM EXPLORATION, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: PETROLEUM EXPLORATION, Seasonally adjusted and trend



ONSHORE

The trend estimate for onshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 7.8% (or +$25.9m) to $356.6m in the March quarter 2015. Expenditure on drilling rose 6.5% (or +$12.7m), while other onshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 8.8% (or +$11.9m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for onshore petroleum exploration expenditure fell 6.4% (or -$23.3m) to $338.8m in the March quarter 2015. Expenditure on drilling fell 10.4% (or -$23.0m), and other onshore petroleum exploration fell 0.2% (or -$0.3m).

PETROLEUM EXPLORATION: ONSHORE, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: PETROLEUM EXPLORATION: ONSHORE, Seasonally adjusted and trend



OFFSHORE

The trend estimate for offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 2.8% (or +$20.4m) to $743.8m in the March quarter 2015. Expenditure on drilling rose 2.9% (or +$16.8m), while other offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 2.4% (or +$3.5m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 12.0% (or +$83.7m) to $784.0m in the March quarter 2015. Expenditure on drilling rose 6.0% (or +$34.3m), and other offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 37.5% (or +$49.5m).

PETROLEUM EXPLORATION: OFFSHORE, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: PETROLEUM EXPLORATION: OFFSHORE, Seasonally adjusted and trend

NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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June 2015 31 August 2015
September 2015 30 November 2015
December 2015 29 February 2016
March 2016 30 May 2016



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