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Using Mining Statistics
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; 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.

Mining Operations, Australia

This annual publication presents finer level estimates, from the annual Economic Activity Survey, of the economic and financial performance of the Australian mining industry. Mining Operations, Australia (cat. no. 8415.0) provides national estimates for employment at 30 June and major economic and financial aggregates: income and expenditure; various profit measures; industry value added; capital expenditure, and components of these, as well as performance measures (ratios) derived from them. State and territory estimates of major variables (for the industry excluding services to mining) are included.

Finer level estimates for mining commodities are also included.

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

Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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