Australia Institute Exposed

A new report by the former Secretary of the New South Wales Treasury makes it indisputably clear that the Australia Institute’s analysis of the mining sector cannot be trusted. The Institute is little more than the research arm of The Australian Greens party.

Public Policy Monographs

Since the turn of the century, Australia’s competitiveness has collapsed, contributing to the economy’s rate of growth falling below potential. Over this time, Australia has experienced an unprecedented mining boom which sustained income growth and minimised the macroeconomic impact of the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008-09, greatly assisted by the flexibility of the exchange rate and strong trade ties to Asia, most notably China.

Australia’s Mining Boom

The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics says the mining boom has had “broad, positive effects on the Australian economy”, supporting “increased employment, regional development and increased revenues for both federal and state governments.”

Mining’s Tax Contribution

Over the last decade, revenues from company tax and royalties have totalled more than $156 billion. The mining industry’s share of company tax has trebled from 8 per cent to around 25 per cent over that time.

Australia’s Mining Boom

A Reserve Bank of Australia research paper found that by 2013 the mining boom raised real per capita household income by 13 per cent, increased real wages by 6 per cent and lowered the unemployment rate by about 1.25 per cent – the equivalent of 150,000 jobs.

Opportunity at risk

Regaining our competitive edge in minerals resources - Report commissioned by and prepared for the Minerals Council of Australia

Postgraduate Program in Community Relations

Enrollments are now open for the highly successful Postgraduate Program in Community Relations (Resources Sector).

Memorandum of Understanding

The Australian Government and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have agreed on an innovative partnership that represents another major step towards closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.

Australian Mining

These are stories of Australian Mining. They're the stories of our nearly 200,000 employees, and the 600,000 who earn their living in mining-related jobs.

Support for Coal

Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaking in Moranbah, Queensland on 13 October 2014.

Minerals Council of Australia - Latest News and Events


The Minerals Council of Australia, Victorian Division welcomes the release of Victoria’s Earth Resources Statement which sets out priorities and associated actions for developing the earth resources industry in Victoria.


Today’s announcement of a new project assessment bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and Tasmania is practical and common sense reform in action.

MCA Submission on the Draft Variation to the National Environmental Protection Measure

The MCA highlights the potential risks to industry should the revised standards, which focus on emissions of particulate matter, be applied in a way which is inconsistent with the intent of the NEPM.

Minerals industry priorities for regulatory reform

A period of wide-ranging microeconomic reform beginning in the 1980s delivered significant improvements in Australia’s policy and regulatory environment. However, industry confidence in Australia’s regulatory performance has declined in the last decade as regulatory burdens have grown and processes have degraded.


Regulatory reform is an imperative for the Australian Parliament, not just the executive branch of government. It needs to be “part of the furniture” of policy making if we are to increase productivity and future living standards.

MCA submission to the variation to the Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration

MCA notes positive feedback from industry on the variation to the Code of Practice for Mineral Exploration and looks forward to working with DSDBI on its finalisation.

18-20 November - Adelaide

Held annually, the Sustainable Development Conference is recognised as the leading minerals industry forum to discuss and debate sustainable development and its practical implementation.

4-5 December - Darwin

The Summit will showcase the prosperity and potential for the Northern Territory minerals industry and debate the policies required to keep it strong. Celebrating 60 years of industry representation and the sector’s continued status as the bedrock of the Northern Territory economy, the Summit will address the issues, successes and challenges facing the industry.

25-27 March 2015 Melbourne

The MCA’s Biennial Tax Conference is Australia’s foremost minerals taxation event. It brings together resource taxation experts, policy makers, leading business figures, Commonwealth and State officials and high-profile commentators to discuss issues at the intersection of public policy and commercial practice.