Mining Industry in Australia

reogma|Mining Industry in Australia

The mining is the pillar of strength for Australian economy as it accounts for about 6.4% of the total value added to the economy. In 2020, although this industry has been somewhat immune to the wrath of the pandemic compared to other hard-hit industries.

In 2021, the market size of this industry is expected to decline by 8-9% as of the decline in export and trade wars with China. Beyond 2021, the future of this industry will primarily be driven by the use of AI and automation in the extraction and processing of the minerals all the while transforming this traditional industry into an advanced and intelligent one.

  • Definition / Scope
  • Market Overview
  • Key Metrics
  • Market Risks
  • Market Drivers
  • Market Restraints
  • Industry Challenges
  • Technology Trends
  • Other Key Market Trends
  • Market Size and Forecast
  • Market Outlook
  • Technology Roadmap
  • Competitive Landscape
  • Competitive Factors
  • Key Market Players
  • Strategic Conclusion
  • References

Definition / Scope

Since the early 1960s and mid-1980s, mining has been instrumental for the growth of Australian economy. As per Statistica, in 2020, the real gross value added of the mining industry accounted for about $187 billion accounting for about 6.4 % of the total gross value added in Australia, making it one of the key industries in the country.

Australia boasts a relatively flat terrain and is sparingly populated except for some coastal regions, both aspects favours extensive exploration and mine development. Out of Australia’s roughly 350 mines, almost half are in Western Australia as this state beacons rich resources quintessential for exploration of mines.

Australia specializes in producing 19 minerals and is the world’s largest exporter of black coal, iron ore, alumina, lead, zinc, lithium, bauxite and many other resources. In addition, Australia is estimated to have the largest gold mine reserves in the world.

Australia is among the top five producers of most of the world’s key minerals viz:

  • the world’s leading producer of bauxite, alumina, rutile and tantalum
  • the second largest producer of uranium, lead, ilmenite, zircon and lithium
  • the third largest producer of iron ore, and zinc
  • the fourth largest producer of black coal, gold, manganese and nickel and
  • the fifth largest producer of aluminum, brown coal, diamonds, silver and copper.

At present. the pandemic has constrained the industry’s growth by affecting the pricing of commodities, export as well as the overall demand for the Australian minerals.


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