8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, Dec 2002  
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APPENDIX 2 - CHANGES TO AUSSTATS TABLES

From March quarter 2003, the Mineral and Petroleum Exploration data in AusStats (cat.no. 8412.0) is being restructured to align more closely with the paper publication. Users will now be able to access a broader range of data across eight tables rather than the previous four tables. The new tables will be:

TABLE 1.
Contains the same information as the former TABLE 1, but includes additional mineral exploration expenditure information relating to 'Actual as a proportion of expected'.

TABLE 2.
Contains mineral exploration expenditure and metres drilled in Original, Seasonally Adjusted and Trend terms.

TABLE 3.
Contains mineral exploration expenditure by state and type of lease.

TABLE 4.
Replaces content from the former TABLE 2, that is, it contains mineral exploration expenditure by state, in Original, Seasonally Adjusted and Trend terms.

TABLE 5.
Contains mineral exploration expenditure by state and mineral sought.

TABLE 6a.
Contains petroleum exploration expenditure by type of activity and onshore/offshore. Replaces the former TABLE 3 and TABLE 4 and has additional content.

TABLE 6b.
Contains petroleum exploration expenditure by type of lease.

TABLE 7.
Contains petroleum exploration expenditure by state.

For this December quarter 2002 release, the four tables issued in the September quarter and previous releases remain unchanged.

To enable users to incorporate the new tables in time for the March quarter 2003 release, each of the new tables have also been included. In each case, the new table uses the numbering convention detailed above but, to avoid confusion with the existing tables this quarter, the suffix 'N' follows the table name.

Please contact Didier Rivet on 02 9268 4357 or by email didier.rivet@abs.gov.au for more information.