According to the ABS mineral exploration expenditure is up $61.6 million, or 9% to $744.9 million.
Exploration spending rose 11.9% to $683.3 million.
First commodity to break the $100 billion a year export mark.
Calls for government to increase incentives for minerals explorers.
Resources are the lifeblood of Queensland, QRC boss believes.
Exploration spending in Queensland goes up against the national trend.