Series VPRS 4550
Seismic Survey Tapes
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Date Range: Series Circa 1967 - cont
  Series in Custody ? 1976 - 1994
  Contents 1960 - 1994
Public Access: Closed
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1967 - 1977 Mines Department (also known as Department of Mines and Mining Department) VA 612
1977 - 1985 Department of Minerals and Energy VA 611
1985 - 1990 Department of Industry, Technology and Resources VA 2661
1990 - 1992 Department of Manufacturing and Industry Development VA 3012
1992 - 1995 Department of Energy and Minerals VA 3035
1995 - 1996 Department of Agriculture, Energy and Minerals VA 3744
1996 - 2002 Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
2002 - cont Department of Primary Industries VA 4563
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1996 - 2002 Department of Natural Resources and the Environment VA 3972
2002 - cont Department of Primary Industries VA 4563
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
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  • Function / Content
    This series consists of seismic field survey computer tapes accumulated by the agencies responsible for mining administration.

    The surveys are conducted under licence by companies in the course of oil exploration ventures. Under the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 [No.9772] ss.115-118, companies may be required to furnish the designated authority with information regarding the surveys and any subsequent exploration. Upon expiration of the royalty period this information may be made available to the public or on request to a person by the designated authority.

    The series in custody does not represent all the survey tapes accumulated by the agency as tapes are also held by Australian Archives. Seismic survey data collected as part of offshore explorations are transferred to Australian Archives in accordance with the requirements of the (Commonwealth) Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1967. State legislation requires that seismic survey data relating to onshore explorations be lodged with the state department responsible for conduct of seismic surveys under the provisions of the Petroleum (Submerged Lands) Act 1982 and the Petroleum Act 1998.

    The tapes are arranged in numerical order within "G" number grouping. "G" numbers represent a geophysical survey and are allocated sequentially by the agency upon the grant of a survey permit. From 1976 to 1983 each consignment transferred may have included various "G" numbers; more recently each consignment is made up of only one "G" number.

    Related information may be found in VPRS 4551 Seismic Survey Technical Back-up Data.

    Transfer of tapes to the Commonwealth

    Until September 2006, this series also held a significant number of tapes relating to offshore explorations. At that time, a project was undertaken by the Department of Primary Industries that identified all of the offshore tapes. These were deaccssioned from this series and PROV custody and transferred to a Commonwealth agency, Geoscience Australia.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The tapes are arranged in numerical order within "G" number grouping. "G" numbers represent a geophysical survey and are allocated sequentially by the agency upon the grant of a survey permit. From 1976 to 1983 each consignment transferred may have included various "G" numbers; more recently each consignment is made up of only one "G" number.

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By 1965 - ? 1997 Index to Surveys in Alpha-numerical Order by Name of Survey (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16209
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 Circa 1973 - ? 1973 Closed 68
P0002 Circa 1963 - Circa 1973 Closed 500
P0003 ? 1976 - ? 1976 Closed 1
P0004 Circa 1966 - Circa 1972 Closed 24
P0005 1963 - 1969 Closed 128
P0006 1960 - 1966 Closed 112
P0007 1969 - 1969 Closed 26
P0008 1961 - 1962 Closed 40
P0009 1965 - 1965 Closed 60
P0010 1965 - 1965 Closed 23
P0011 1965 - 1969 Closed 100
P0012 1965 - 1967 Closed 147
P0013 1975 - 1975 Not Applicable 0
P0014 1967 - 1972 Not Applicable 0
P0015 ? 1972 - ? 1972 Not Applicable 0
P0016 1968 - 1969 Not Applicable 0
P0017 ? 1967 - ? 1977 Closed 7
P0018 1969 - 1973 Closed 1
P0019 Circa 1981 - Circa 1981 Closed 576
P0020 Circa 1981 - Circa 1981 Closed 183
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By 1965 - ? 1997 Index to Surveys in Alpha-numerical Order by Name of Survey (Minerals and Petroleum) VPRS 16209
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