Coal mining industry gross value added Australia 2009-2018

During 2018, the gross value added (GVA) by the coal mining industry in Australia amounted to almost 40 billion Australian dollars. Most of the coal mined in Australia was exported, with only around one quarter used in electricity generation across the country.

Coal mining economic contribution

Employment in the coal mining industry has declined over the past decade, however tens of thousands of people are still included in the coal mining workforce. Australia is one of the world’s largest exporters of coal. With China being the largest coal consuming country in the world, recent tensions have cast uncertainty on trade relations, including the export of Australian coal.

Coal mining companies

UK-Australian based BHP and Rio Tinto were among the leading mining companies worldwide. These multinational companies have a diverse mining portfolio that includes Australian coal. This comes as no surprise as Australia has coal reserves totaling almost 150 billion metric tons. BHP has indicated it will review its planned coal mining expenditure in 2021, with the recent global COVID-19 pandemic causing market uncertainty.

Gross value added (GVA) by the coal mining industry in Australia from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

2009 to 2018

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