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.

Advisory Committee

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
  • Safety
  • Corporate Regulation and Tax
  • Minerals in Brine
  • Critical Minerals
  • Magnetite
  • Wheatbelt Forum
  • Vanadium
  • 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

To find out more about how AMEC is working in WA, contact State Director Neil van Drunen or click here to download the latest version of our Explorer Newsletter.

Latest AMEC WA submissions and reports