Mining industry in Australia - statistics & facts

Australia’s mining industry is a pillar of the Australian economy, with the country being one of the world’s largest exporters of coal, iron ore, bauxite, alumina, and many other resources. The gross value added by the mining industry was in the hundreds of billions of Australian dollars in the past decade alone. The real gross value added of the mining industry accounted for over nine percent of the total gross value added in Australia, making it one of the largest economic industries in the country. Over 140 thousand people were employed in the Australian mining industry. Historically, several mining booms have increased investment in mining, leading to higher incomes from mining activities and more immigration to Australia.

What is mined in Australia?

The production of many of Australia’s metal and mining commodities far exceeded domestic consumption. When looking at coal mining for energy use, the production of coal in Australia amounted to over 13 exajoules in 2019. The gross value added from coal mining reached almost 50 billion Australian dollars in the same year.

In terms of metal mining, Australia’s many gold rushes have had a long-lasting impact on the country itself. Rapid growth in the population can be attributed to immigrants moving to the country for gold rush opportunities. Further development of industry and infrastructure was made possible following the gold rushes. Today, Australia is estimated to have the largest gold mine reserves in the world. Australia is also a global leader in the mining of lithium, the demand for which is growing on a global scale.

Australia’s mining market is diverse, and accordingly, so are its mining companies. BHP and Rio Tinto, both Anglo-Australian multinational mining companies, are two of the biggest names in mining worldwide. In Australia, these companies lead the metals and mining market. Australia’s future in mining may include an expansion in the exploration and mining of elements such as cobalt, lithium, and nickel. These are necessary components for battery cells that are required for the development of green technology. The country’s proximity to Asia may see it become the leading supplier of critical minerals and metals.

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Mining industry in Australia - statistics & facts

Australia’s mining industry is a pillar of the Australian economy, with the country being one of the world’s largest exporters of coal, iron ore, bauxite, alumina, and many other resources. The gross value added by the mining industry was in the hundreds of billions of Australian dollars in the past decade alone. The real gross value added of the mining industry accounted for over nine percent of the total gross value added in Australia, making it one of the largest economic industries in the country. Over 140 thousand people were employed in the Australian mining industry. Historically, several mining booms have increased investment in mining, leading to higher incomes from mining activities and more immigration to Australia.

What is mined in Australia?

The production of many of Australia’s metal and mining commodities far exceeded domestic consumption. When looking at coal mining for energy use, the production of coal in Australia amounted to over 13 exajoules in 2019. The gross value added from coal mining reached almost 50 billion Australian dollars in the same year.

In terms of metal mining, Australia’s many gold rushes have had a long-lasting impact on the country itself. Rapid growth in the population can be attributed to immigrants moving to the country for gold rush opportunities. Further development of industry and infrastructure was made possible following the gold rushes. Today, Australia is estimated to have the largest gold mine reserves in the world. Australia is also a global leader in the mining of lithium, the demand for which is growing on a global scale.

Australia’s mining market is diverse, and accordingly, so are its mining companies. BHP and Rio Tinto, both Anglo-Australian multinational mining companies, are two of the biggest names in mining worldwide. In Australia, these companies lead the metals and mining market. Australia’s future in mining may include an expansion in the exploration and mining of elements such as cobalt, lithium, and nickel. These are necessary components for battery cells that are required for the development of green technology. The country’s proximity to Asia may see it become the leading supplier of critical minerals and metals.

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In the following 7 chapters, you will quickly find the 34 most important statistics relating to "Mining industry in Australia".

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