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Number of employees in the coal mining industry Australia FY 2012-2018

Employment in the coal mining industry in Australia has seen a decline in recent times, standing at 35,638 as of June 2018. The mining industry has traditionally been a dominant contributor to the Australian economy. In recent times, however, coal mining has faced criticism by environmental groups due to combustion emissions.

Australian coal market

The gross value added by the coal mining industry amounted to almost 40 billion Australian dollars in 2018. Royalties and taxes collected by the Australian government from this industry currently make a significant contribution to the livelihood of Australians.

Australia has become one of the largest producers as well as net exporters of coal in the world. While the production volume of coal is high, most of the coal produced in the country is exported. Its major export markets include Japan, China, South Korea, and India.

Is the industry cooling?

While coal is the primary fossil fuel used in energy generation in Australia, renewable energy sources are becoming more popular across the country. Public support for coal-fired power stations has been dwindling. Recently, an Australian judge has ruled against the establishment of a new coal mine due to its potential impact on the environment. Consumption of Australian coal has been declining over the past decade, as newer, cleaner forms of energy are becoming more readily available.

Number of employees in the coal mining industry in Australia from the financial year 2012 to 2018

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

financial year 2012 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Australia's financial years run from July to June of the following year. For example, FY 2017 starts on July 1, 2016 and ends on June 30, 2017

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