MCA Partnerships

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is proud to partner with and sponsor a diverse range of organisations and events across Australia that support a variety of communities and stakeholders.

In particular, our partnerships and sponsorships support the regional communities in which the Australian minerals industry operates, our world-class minerals workforce, Indigenous economic empowerment and better health and education outcomes.

Clontarf Foundation

Since January 2019 the MCA has supported the Clontarf Foundation, which improves the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so equips them to participate meaningfully in society.

Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for more than  8,000 boys in 116 schools across Australia.


Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia

The MCA works with the Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia to help raise awareness about prostate cancer among the minerals industry’s 240,000 strong workforce. 

The partnership will aims to educate the minerals workforce on screening and treatment options and also support for survivors and loved ones. Industry will be encouraged to host a PCFA Ambassador for workplace health awareness sessions and even light up their own Big Aussie Barbie.


Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining and Exploration (AEMEE)

The MCA has been working closely with AEMEE on its annual conference since 2016 which is attended by over 160 delegates representing Aboriginal businesses, major mining, oil and gas contractors, contracting companies, related professionals and community members.

In 2019, the MCA provided in-kind and financial support for the conference as part of its commitment to promoting the strength and diversity of the Indigenous mining and mine equipment, technology and services businesses.


National Exploration Undercover School (NExUS)

NExUS is a prestigious summer school for tomorrow’s leading mineral explorers which is hosted by the University of Adelaide as a collaboration of universities, government and industry partners.

It aims to deliver a truly world-class national program of training for 30 enthusiastic and engaged students wanting to acquire specialist minerals geoscience skills. The industry benefits from a cohort of students keen to pursue careers in the minerals industry.


Teacher Earth Science Education Programme

The MCA is a gold sponsor of the national Teacher Earth Science Education Programme (TESEP), established in 2008 to assist development of science teachers through nine professional development modules as well online resources and minerals kits provided at no cost. The program is endorsed by the Australian Science Teachers Association.



Indigenous Australian Engineering School

The Indigenous Australian Engineering School is a week-long STEM-focused camp provided annually to 50 Indigenous high school students at Curtin University and the University of Sydney. 

The program has been financially supported by the MCA for more than 15 years with the aim of increasing Indigenous participation at university-level STEM courses.




The MCA is a lead sponsor of the Robogals Asia Pacific Rural Trips Program.

Robogals volunteers deliver workshops in rural cities that expose students to the world of engineering and showcase the exciting opportunities in engineering and the minerals industry.

MCA members host volunteers for field trips in mining regions, exposing Robogals to the breadth and depth of activity and opportunity across the industry, increasing their understanding of operations and innovation in practice and providing industry perspective for future teaching.


National Rock Garden

The National Rock Garden is being developed as a world-class national and international destination designed to celebrate Australia’s geological heritage.

This will provide a unique educational, cultural and historical attraction for all Australians and global visitors.

A cluster of minerals rocks is being planned as part of the interim garden being developed in the near future. The MCA is supporting the Garden and the Geological Society of Australia with funding and in-kind support.


Other MCA-sponsored events and organisations include: