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8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Jun 2012  
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE (QUARTER) Release Date
September 2012 3 December 2012
December 2012 4 March 2013
March 2013 3 June 2013
June 2013 2 September 2013



CHANGES TO THIS ISSUE

This publication now includes seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for the petroleum exploration series. Table 6 and table 7 of this publication and tables 6a, 6b and 7 of the time series spreadsheets have been extended to incorporate the seasonally adjusted and trend estimates.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


TOTAL EXPENDITURE

The trend estimate for total mineral exploration expenditure rose 3.1% (or $31.6m) to $1056.4m in the June quarter 2012. The largest contributor to the rise in the trend estimate this quarter was Western Australia (up 7.4% or $41.5m). The current quarter estimate is 22.9% higher than the June quarter 2011 estimate.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for mineral exploration expenditure fell 4.9% (or -$52.9m) to $1018.5m in the June quarter 2012. The largest contributor to the fall this quarter was Queensland (down 12.6% or -$33.1m), followed by Western Australia (down 1.6% or -$9.3m).

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


In original terms, mineral exploration expenditure rose 21.1% (or $185.0m) to $1061.1m in the June quarter 2012. Exploration on areas of new deposits rose 43.9% (or $109.1m) and expenditure on areas of existing deposits rose 12.1% (or $75.9m).

In original terms, the largest rise by minerals sought came from expenditure on iron ore exploration (up 25.5% or $68.3m). The next largest rise came from expenditure on gold exploration (up 27.4% or $46.2m).

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



METRES DRILLED

The trend estimate for metres drilled rose 0.8% in the June quarter 2012. The current quarter estimate is 7.5% higher than the June quarter 2011 estimate.

The seasonally adjusted estimate for metres drilled fell 1.1% in the June quarter 2012.

Metres Drilled, Seasonally Adjusted and trend series
Graph: Metres Drilled, Seasonally Adjusted and trend series


In original terms, metres drilled rose 33.1%. Drilling in areas of new deposits rose 83.7% and drilling in areas of existing deposits rose 15.6%.

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



PETROLEUM EXPLORATION


TOTAL EXPENDITURE

The trend estimate for total petroleum exploration expenditure fell 0.8% (or -$6.2m) to $764.5m in the June quarter 2012. Exploration expenditure on production leases rose 24.2% (or $35.0m), while exploration expenditure on all other areas fell 5.9% (or -$36.9m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for total petroleum exploration expenditure rose 34.3% (or $217.0m) to $850.3m in the June quarter 2012. Exploration expenditure on production leases rose 119.5% (or $122.8m) and exploration expenditure on all other areas rose 17.8% (or $94.2m).

The largest contributor to the fall in the trend estimate was Western Australia (down 2.8% or -$14.1m) while the largest contributor to the rise in the seasonally adjusted estimate was Western Australia (up 39.9% or $156.7m).

Petroleum Exploration, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: Petroleum Exploration, Seasonally adjusted and trend



ONSHORE

The trend estimate for onshore petroleum exploration expenditure fell 3.3% (or -$7.4m) to $217.1m in the June quarter 2012. Expenditure on drilling fell 6.3% (or -$9.8m), while other onshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 2.9% (or $2.0m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for onshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 13.2% (or $26.7m) to $229.3m in the June quarter 2012. Expenditure on drilling fell 1.7% (or -$2.5m), while other onshore petroleum exploration rose $29.2m (or 54.5%).

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 0.3% (or $1.9m) to $548.0m in the June quarter 2012. Expenditure on drilling fell 1.1% (or -$4.2m), while other offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 3.8% (or $6.1m).

The seasonally adjusted estimate for offshore petroleum exploration expenditure rose 44.2% (or $190.3m) to $621.0m in the June quarter 2012. Expenditure on drilling rose 74.1% (or $194.5m), while other offshore petroleum exploration expenditure fell 2.5% (or -$4.2m).

Petroleum Exploration: Offshore, Seasonally adjusted and trend
Graph: Petroleum Exploration: Offshore, Seasonally adjusted and trend



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