Australian Bureau of Statistics
8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Dec 2005
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/03/2006
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Note: An error has been detected in previously released data which led to an overstatement of the expected expenditure figures in table 1 in the December Quarter 2005 issue of this publication. The figures overstated are for Petroleum Onshore and Offshore expected expenditure 2005-06 and June half 2005-06 expected expenditure. All other figures in table 1 and remaining tables are unchanged.
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Mineral Exploration, Seasonally adjusted and trend series
The largest increases this quarter were in South Australia (up $5.9m or 22.6%) and Victoria (up $4.5m or 24.6%). Most states showed increasing expenditure levels this quarter, with only Western Australia showing a decrease of 3.1%.
Mineral Exploration, Original series
MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)
In seasonally adjusted terms, total metres drilled increased by 0.4% in the December quarter 2005. In original terms total metres drilled decreased by 11.8%. Drilling in areas of existing deposits fell by 5.7% and drilling in areas of new deposits fell by 20.8%.
Metres Drilled, Original series
Expenditure on petroleum exploration for the December quarter 2005 increased by $44.5m (15.8%) to $326.5m.
Petroleum Exploration, Original series
Most states showed increases in petroleum exploration expenditure in the December quarter 2005. Western Australia had the largest increase of $17.7m (13.1%), followed by South Australia with an increase of $10.7m (36.1%).
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