• Media Release

MoU to strengthen cooperation with Korea on critical minerals and mining

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the MCA and the Korea Mine Rehabilitation and Mineral Resources Corp (KOMIR) will strengthen cooperation on exploration and development of mining resources in Australia, particularly critical minerals.

Australian mining has a global reputation as a reliable, sustainable and responsible partner in supporting global economic development, secure supply chains and decarbonisation.

Korea is a leader in the manufacture of lithium batteries and magnets and is expanding its electric vehicle manufacturing.

Closer ties will generate opportunities for Australian minerals companies to supply lithium, cobalt, nickel graphite and rare earths among other minerals.

This MoU will support greater collaboration in minerals and energy, investment and partnerships and build on previous commitments made between the Australian Government and the Republic of Korea.

KOMIR is the Korean government agency which oversees Korea’s national resource security and developing overseas mining and processing capacity.

One of KOMIR’s strategic objectives is to upgrade Korea’s access to critical and other minerals.

Republic of Korea investment in Australia has grown rapidly over the past decade, rising from $12.8 billion in 2011 to $32.7 billion in 2020.

The MCA looks forward to working closely and collaboratively with KOMIR officials under the practical framework the MoU provides to deliver trade and investment outcomes that mutually benefit Australia and the Republic of Korea.