|OVERVIEW OF THE MINING COLLECTIONS |
The Economic Activity Survey
The main source of operational and financial performance statistics for the Mining Industry is the ABS's annual Economic Activity Survey (EAS). The EAS directly collects information about the operation and financial performance of all businesses in the public trading and private employing sectors of the Australian economy. Administrative by-product data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are also incorporated with the directly collected survey data, thereby improving the coverage and quality of the data without a corresponding increase in provider load. The results from this collection are published in Australian Industry, (cat. no. 8155.0).
For most industry divisions and subdivisions (as specified in the Australian and New Zealand Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 edition) including Mining, estimates of income; expenses; industry value added; operating profit before tax; capital expenditure; and selected components of these aggregates and derivations are published at the national level. State/territory estimates of income, employment, and wages and salaries, at the division level are also included.
A few months after initial release of Australian Industry, an additional data cube is attached which contains information about mineral production in Australia based on data produced by the various state and Northern Territory government departments.
Mineral and petroleum exploration collections
Private sector exploration statistics are collected and compiled from the Mineral Exploration and Petroleum Exploration quarterly censuses conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. These censuses cover private enterprises known to be engaged in exploration in Australia, and in Australian waters including the Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA), regardless of the main activity of the explorer. Results are published in Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia (cat. no. 8412.0), which contains both actual and expected exploration expenditure.
The Joint Petroleum Development Area (JPDA) is an area in the Timor Sea, about 500 km north west of Darwin. Exploration in the JPDA is included in estimates for the Northern Territory. Further, as a reflection of the joint Australia/East Timor administration of exploration and production activity in the JPDA, 50% of exploration expenditure in the JPDA is excluded from the estimates. As well, the tenements in the Ashmore and Cartier Islands are administered by the Northern Territory Department of Mines and Energy. Therefore all petroleum exploration expenditure in this area has been included with the Northern Territory data.
Using Mining Statistics
Themes - Mining
This page first published 24 October 2005, last updated 1 October 2010