Minerals Council of Australia
The MCA represents a world-leading minerals sector that is dynamic, diverse, sustainable, and valued by all Australians.
Australia’s minerals industry is innovative, technologically advanced, capital intensive, and environmentally and socially progressive. The industry is a major contributor to national income, investment, high-wage jobs, exports, and government revenues.
The MCA engages with the community, other industries, industry and representative bodies, opinion leaders and other stakeholders to reinforce and raise awareness of the industry’s contribution to Australia and Australians.
The industry is committed to contributing to the sustained growth and prosperity of current and future generations through the integration of economic progress, responsible social development and effective environmental management.
The MCA advocates consistent policy settings for:
- An industry free of fatalities, injuries and diseases, where everyone who goes to work returns home safe and healthy
- Building and sustaining respectful workplaces
- Improved environmental performance
- Stronger relationships and partnerships with First Nations communities based on respect for local cultures, protection of heritage and the near and long-term social and economic aspirations, prosperity and wellbeing of those communities
- An economic framework which supports global competitiveness, sustainable economic growth, low inflation, low interest rates and fiscal responsibility
- A skilled, productive and flexible workforce and a modern workplace relations system
- Streamlining state and federal approval processes while maintaining environmental protection
- Promoting taxation reforms which reduce Australia’s internationally uncompetitive corporate tax rate
- Delivery of reliable and affordable energy at least cost while putting Australia on a pathway to a zero emissions future
- Access to natural resources and competitive markets for land, water, energy, capital, production inputs, human resources, and end products.
Australian mining is a global leader in providing the essential elements of modern life while growing the nation’s economy and sustaining regional communities.
Health and safety
The safety, health and psychological wellbeing of the mining workforce – where everyone who goes to work returns home safe and healthy – is the industry’s number one value and commitment.
Australia needs a modern and flexible workplace system that attracts investment, creates and preserves jobs, supports communities and contributes to national prosperity.
Mining must earn and maintain the trust of regional communities to operate. This requires respectful and ongoing engagement, enduring community benefits and fair, transparent practices.
The resources sector pays the highest wages, generates substantial economic activity, pays significant tax and delivers more export revenue than all other sectors combined.
Skills and training
Flexible learning, specialist training and stronger collaboration between industry and education providers will generate more highly skilled, highly paid jobs across regional Australia.
Heading Climate action
To achieve net zero emissions, Australia requires a stable policy framework that enables all low emissions technologies to be developed, compete and contribute to decarbonising the economy.