Mining and Exploration in WA
Western Australia is one of the world’s pre-eminent mining jurisdictions, with a storied mining and exploration history, beginning with the Kalgoorlie gold rush in the 1890’s. Today, WA is one the world’s largest exporters of raw materials, including iron ore, gold, lithium, nickel, copper, lead, zinc, alumina, coal, diamonds, salt and mineral sands.
The mining and exploration industry make a critical contribution to the State’s economy employing more than 125,000 people, providing around 20% of the State’s revenue through royalty payments annually, and over $1 billion a year being invested in mineral exploration.
There has been recent increased exploration interest in the Wheatbelt region of WA. AMEC has developed several documents to assist members who have interests in the Wheatbelt. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.
AMEC does not have a Western Australian Advisory Committee, as the Association already supports a wide range of Standing Committees and Working Groups that support and address the issues of Western Australian focused member companies. These committees also deal with a wide range of national issues affecting the sector and AMEC’s broader membership.
WA Working Groups
AMEC forms working groups to progress a policy response for a commodity on a state specific issue. These groups ensure that our policies and advocacy initiatives represent the industry’s views. Our working groups in WA are:
- Environment and Water
- Aboriginal Affairs
- Mining Legislation
- Corporate Regulation and Tax
- Minerals in Brine
- Critical Minerals
- Wheatbelt Forum
- Lithium Industries
We have a number of regular WA events held throughout the year including sundowners, information briefings and seminars. To find out what AMEC events are happening in WA, head to our events page.
AMEC’s work in WA
Latest AMEC WA submissions and reports
- Submission to WA Government re Skills Summit
- Reduced Reporting Burden Pilot to deliver efficiencies
- The 2022-23 Western Australian State Budget drives growth as the world reopens
- AMEC welcomes $12M investment for WA seismic survey
- EIS funding reflects strength of exploration industry
- Submission to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety re Draft Mine Management System (MSMS) Code of Practice
- Submission to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) re Mining Amendment Bill 2022 –Ability to prescribe fees
- Submission to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety re UCL Carbon Farming
- Submission to RevenueWA re Stamp Duty on Farm in Consultation
- Submission to DMIRS re Mining Amendment Bill (No.2) 2021