Mining Industry Australia - Statistics and Facts

The mining industry is since the mid 19th century a significant contributor to the Australian economy. The mining industry added over 125 billion Australian dollars to the Australian economic growth in the financial year 2017. The real gross value added of the mining industry accounts for about 7.4 percent of the total gross value added in Australia and is after financial and insurance services as well as the construction industry the largest contributor in Australia. In the financial year 2017, over 126,000 people were employed in the Australian mining industry. Historically, several mining booms increased investment in mining and infrastructure and led to higher income from mining activities and advanced immigration to Australia.

In Australia, 41 percent of the revenue in the mining market is generated from gold mining, followed by coal mining. However, it was coal, iron and ore mining that reached the largest revenue growth in the financial year 2017. Evolution Mining Limited, MMG Limited and IIuka Resources Limited are among those mining companies in Australia who reached the highest market capitalization.

Australia is the world’s largest exporter of coal, iron ore, bauxite, alumina and some other resources. The production of those resources is by far exceeding the domestic consumption. More than 20 million metric tons of bauxite had been exported from Australia out of the almost 81 million metric tons of produced bauxite. The production of coal in Australia reached almost 300 million metric tons of oil equivalent in 2017 while only around 42 million metric tons of oil equivalent had been consumed in Australia in the same year. A similar pattern can be observed in the production of aluminum. While production figures amounted at around 1.6 million metric tons only around 300,000 metric tons of aluminum had been consumed in Australia in the same year.

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