Australian minerals

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About the Minerals Council of Australia

The MCA is the leading advocate for Australia's world class minerals industry, promoting and enhancing sustainability, profitability and competitiveness. The MCA represents a world-leading minerals sector that is dynamic, diverse, sustainable and valued by all Australians. Read more.

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Mineral Facts

Australia has the world’s largest economic demonstrated resources of mineral sands, brown coal, uranium, nickel, zinc and lead and ranks in the world’s top six for bauxite, black coal, copper, gold, iron ore and industrial diamonds.

Major processing industries include cement, base metal smelting and refining, conversion of bauxite into alumina and aluminium and iron ore into iron and steel.The Australian minerals industry is a major contributor to national income, investment, high-wage jobs, exports and government revenues in Australia. Click on one of the minerals below to find out more.