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8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Sep 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/12/2011   
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


TREND ESTIMATES

The trend estimate for total mineral exploration expenditure rose 6.2% (or $53.8m) to $919.3m in the September quarter 2011. The current quarter estimate is 45.4% higher than the September quarter 2010 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 Queensland (up 12.5% or $27.0m) followed by Western Australia (up 3.1% or $13.9m).

The trend estimate for metres drilled rose 4.5% this quarter. The current quarter estimate is 28.7% higher than the September quarter 2010 estimate.


MINERAL EXPLORATION (OTHER THAN FOR PETROLEUM)


EXPLORATION EXPENDITURE

The seasonally adjusted estimate of mineral exploration expenditure rose 6.9% (or $59.8m) to $921.7m in the September quarter 2011. The largest rise this quarter was in Queensland (up 12.5% or $27.7m) followed by Western Australia (up 3.8% or $16.4m).

In original terms, mineral exploration expenditure rose 8.4% (or $76.0m). Western Australia had the largest rise (up 7.1% or $32.0m), followed by Queensland (up 8.3% or $20.2m).

In original terms, exploration on areas of new deposits rose 7.2% (or $21.0m), while expenditure on areas of existing deposits rose 8.9% (or $55.0m).

In original terms, the largest rise by minerals sought came from expenditure on coal exploration (up 12.2% or $24.7m), with the largest rise occurring in New South Wales. The next largest rise came from expenditure on iron ore exploration (up 9.3% or $20.0m).

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 2.0% in the September quarter 2011. In original terms total metres drilled rose 9.8%. Drilling in areas of new deposits rose 6.0% and drilling in areas of existing deposits rose 11.8%.

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



PETROLEUM EXPLORATION


OVERVIEW

Expenditure on petroleum exploration for the September quarter 2011 fell 8.1% (or -$69.1m) to $780.2m.

Expenditure on exploration on production leases rose 7.3% (or $9.8m) to $144.7m, while exploration on all other areas fell 11.0% (or -$78.9m) to $635.5m this quarter.

Offshore exploration fell 19.8% (or -$131.3m) to $531.6m, while onshore exploration expenditure rose 33.4% (or $62.2m) to $248.6m.


REGIONAL DATA

In the September quarter 2011, the largest fall in petroleum exploration expenditure was in Western Australia (down 23.6% or -$151.1m) followed by South Australia (down 5.8% or -$2.2m). The total fall was offset by rises in Queensland and other confidentialised states.

Petroleum Exploration, Original series
Graph: Petroleum Exploration Expenditure



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