This year may prove to have been one of the most important in the search for oil in Australia. An increased number of seismic crews were operating; much drilling was deferred until specific targets could be selected. Favorable conditions for exploration were: large concessions granted, stable conditions of tenure, generous subsidies for drilling and geophysical surveys, and help from the Commonwealth Bureau of Mineral Resources and state surveys. In the Roma area of the Great Artesian Basin one well yielded 6.7 million cu. ft. of gas per day. Gas in near commercial quantities was found in the Sidney basin. Scattered stratigraphic tests found thick sections of possibly petroliferous sedimentary strata.