Minerals Council of Australia

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society. MCA member companies produce more than 85 per cent of Australia’s annual mineral output.

The MCA’s strategic objective is to advocate public policy and operational practice for a world-class industry that is safe, profitable, innovative, environmentally and socially responsible, attuned to community needs and expectations.

The Australian minerals sector's approach to sustainable development ...

The minerals industry recognises that its past success and future prosperity is dependent on a sound and expanding national economy, an educated and cohesive society and a sustainable natural environment.

The minerals sector supports public policy settings aimed at the following objectives ...

  • sustainable economic growth characterised by low inflation, low interest rates, fiscal prudence, and a skilled and productive workforce;
  • a sound, fair and stable society, where effort is encouraged and rewarded and a helping hand extended to those in need; and
  • a sustainable natural environment, reflecting national consistency and balance in policy settings.

The MCA recognises that the future of the Australian minerals industry is inseparable from the global pursuit of sustainable development. Through the integration of economic progress, responsible social development and effective environmental management, the industry is committed to contributing to the sustained growth and prosperity of current and future generations.

The economic significance of the Australian minerals industry ...

The Australian minerals industry is an industry of considerable size and economic and social significance, benefiting all Australians both directly and indirectly.

The mining and minerals processing sector ...

  • underpins vitally important supply and demand relationships with the Australian manufacturing, construction, banking and financial, process engineering, property and transport sectors;
  • has contributed over $500 billion directly to Australia’s wealth over the past 20 years;
  • is in the top five producers of most of the world’s key minerals commodities, including:
    • the world’s leading producer of lead, bauxite and alumina, diamonds (by volume), ilmenite, rutile and zircon (and synthetic rutile) and tantalum;
    • the second largest producer of uranium, zinc and nickel;
    • the third largest producer of iron ore, lignite, silver, manganese and gold;
    • the fourth largest producer of black coal and copper; and
    • the fifth largest producer of aluminium.
  • directly and indirectly employs some 320,000 Australians, many of whom are in sparsely populated, remote and regional Australia;
  • is responsible for significant infrastructure development – since 1967, the industry has built 26 towns, 12 ports and additional port bulk handling infrastructure at many existing ports, 25 airfields and over 2,000 kilometres of railway line.