Frequently Asked Questions - Responsible mining and community

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How do Australian mining companies support anti-corruption requirements?

The minerals industry takes corruption seriously, and supports strict anti-corruption regulatory requirements as well as voluntary standards as an additional safeguard. 

Staff ethical codes of conduct, compulsory training for employees and contractors, supplier education and training, internal audits and confidential whistleblowing mechanisms are common anti-corruption measures adopted by companies to meet legal requirements and adhere to voluntary anti-corruption and governance standards.

Are Australian minerals companies committed to reducing modern slavery in supply chains?

Yes. The minerals industry strongly supports the Australian Government’s Modern Slavery Act, which requires entities with revenue of more than $100 million and operating in Australia to publicly to report on actions to identify and address modern slavery risks within their operations and supply chain.  The MCA is working with its membership to support good practice reporting.

Do mining companies respect human rights?

Yes. Respect for human rights is a core commitment of Australia’s minerals industry.

An MCA report prepared in partnership with the Global Compact Network Australia details the Australian minerals industry’s approach to respecting human rights. 

How do minerals companies engage with Traditional Owners regarding minerals development?

Australia’s minerals industry is privileged to engage and partner with Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities across Australia. 

Engagement is undertaken in many ways and across the mining life cycle. It includes native title and land rights regime processes, to protect cultural heritage and as part of community engagement and development activities. 

How do Traditional Owners and Indigenous people benefit from mining?

Australia’s minerals industry supports host Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities materially benefiting from minerals development and works to support local economic, social, environmental and cultural aspirations and priorities.

Common economic development opportunities include support for Indigenous business development, training, education and employment and financial and in-kind support for local economic, social and cultural activities. 

In some cases, particular benefits are agreed during engagement prescribed under native title and land rights regimes. Many companies have entered into formal partnerships and arrangements with Traditional Owners and Indigenous community groups.

How do mining companies support host communities?

The minerals industry operates in some of Australia’s strongest regional communities, providing the opportunity for companies to support host communities to achieve their economic, social and environmental aspirations and priorities.

Company approaches are usually tailored to the needs and preferences of host communities and regions.  Common aspects often include local recruitment, training and education programs, dedicated procurement programs to maximise local supplier engagement and investments in community and regional infrastructure and initiatives to support liveability and inclusion.