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8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Sep 2010  
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NOTES

FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
December 2010 9 March 2011
March 2011 8 June 2011
June 2011 7 September 2011
September 2011 7 December 2011



CHANGES TO THIS ISSUE

Revisions have been applied to estimates in Victoria and South Australia as a result of updated information received from survey respondents.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


TREND ESTIMATES

The trend estimate for total mineral exploration expenditure rose 4.0% (or $24.2m) to $625.8m in the September quarter 2010. The current quarter estimate is 25.2% higher than the September quarter 2009 estimate.

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


The largest contribution to the rise in the trend estimate this quarter was in Western Australia (up 5.0% or $17.3m) followed by Queensland (up 3.2% or $3.7m).

The trend estimate for metres drilled rose 1.3% this quarter. The current quarter estimate is 17.9% higher than the September quarter 2009 estimate.


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


EXPLORATION EXPENDITURE

The seasonally adjusted estimate of mineral exploration expenditure rose 0.6% (or $4.0m) to $619.7m in the September quarter 2010. The largest rise this quarter was in Northern Territory (up 24.3% or $8.9m), while Victoria had the largest fall (down 34.6% or -$7.2m).

In original terms, mineral exploration expenditure rose 5.1% (or $32.3m). Northern Territory had the largest rise (up 54.6% or $19.7m), followed by Western Australia (up 5.0% or $18.3m).

In original terms, exploration on areas of new deposits fell 3.3% (or -$8.3m), while expenditure on areas of existing deposits rose 10.5% (or $40.6m).

In original terms, the largest rise by minerals sought came from expenditure on uranium exploration (up 38.2% or $16.2m), with the largest rise occurring in Western Australia. The next largest rise came from expenditure on nickel and cobalt exploration (up 22.9% or $12.9m).

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



MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


METRES DRILLED

In seasonally adjusted terms, total metres drilled fell 1.9% in the September quarter 2010. In original terms total metres drilled rose 6.2%. Drilling in areas of new deposits fell 2.5% and drilling in areas of existing deposits rose 11.9%.

Metres Drilled, Original series
Graph: Metres Drilled, Original series



PETROLEUM EXPLORATION


OVERVIEW

Expenditure on petroleum exploration for the September quarter 2010 fell 15.5% (or -$155.5m) to $850.4m.

Expenditure on exploration on production leases rose 17.7% (or $41.1m) to $273.4m, while exploration on all other areas fell 25.4% (or -$196.6m) to $577.0m this quarter.

Offshore exploration fell 19.7% (or -$156.8m) to $639.9m in the September quarter 2010, while onshore exploration expenditure rose 0.6% (or $1.3m) to $210.5m.

Petroleum Exploration, Original series
Graph: Petroleum Exploration Expenditure



REGIONAL DATA

In the September quarter 2010, the largest fall in petroleum exploration expenditure was in Western Australia (down 13.8% or -$95.2m), followed by Victoria (down 51.5% or -$44.6m). Queensland showed the only rise (up 14.3% or $18.1m).


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