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8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Sep 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/12/2009   
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


TREND ESTIMATES

The trend estimate for total mineral exploration expenditure fell $5.4m (1.1%) to $485.0m in the September quarter 2009. The current estimate is 26.0% lower than the September quarter 2008 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 fall this quarter was in Western Australia (down $10.9m or 4.0%). The largest rise was in Queensland (up $4.9m or 5.9%).

The trend estimate for metres drilled rose 1.0% this quarter. The current estimate is 28.9% lower than the September quarter estimate for last year.


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


EXPLORATION EXPENDITURE

The seasonally adjusted estimate of mineral exploration expenditure rose $53.4m (11.4%) to $521.8m in the September quarter 2009. The largest rises this quarter were in Queensland (up $25.6m or 35.0%) and Western Australia (up $8.5m or 3.2%).

In original terms, mineral exploration expenditure rose $73.9m (15.3%). Queensland had the largest rise of $25.2m (32.1%), followed by Western Australia which rose $24.1m (8.8%).

In original terms, exploration on areas of new deposits rose $19.7m (10.8%), while expenditure on areas of existing deposits rose $54.1m (17.9%).

In original terms, the largest rise by minerals sought came from expenditure on gold exploration (up $34.6m or 35.0%), with the largest rise occurring in New South Wales. The next largest rise came from expenditure on copper exploration (up $19.0m or 105.6%).

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



MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


METRES DRILLED

In seasonally adjusted terms, total metres drilled rose 12.0% in the September quarter 2009. In original terms total metres drilled rose 24.5%. Drilling in areas of new deposits rose 38.0% and drilling in areas of existing deposits rose 18.6%.

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



PETROLEUM EXPLORATION


OVERVIEW

Expenditure on petroleum exploration for the September quarter 2009 fell $219.7m (21.6%) to $797.7m.

Expenditure on exploration on production leases rose $6.7m (2.2%), while exploration on all other areas fell $226.4m (31.6%) this quarter.

Offshore exploration fell $218.5m (25.2%) in the September quarter 2009, while onshore exploration expenditure fell $1.2m (0.8%).

Petroleum Exploration, Original series
Graph: Petroleum Exploration Expenditure



REGIONAL DATA

In the September quarter 2009, Western Australia had the largest fall in petroleum exploration expenditure of $213.5m (26.1%), followed by Northern Territory with a fall of $40.6m (54.9%). Queensland had the largest rise of $19.2m (25.1%).


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