Mines and mineral resources


5 Dec 2017

Transparent and accountable mining can contribute to sustainable development. This begins with corruption-free approvals – the very first link in the mining value chain when decisions are made about whether, where, and under what circumstances to permit mining, including who is awarded licences or contracts....

Audio interview

5 Dec 2017

Former politicians and political advisers who become lobbyists for the corporate sector should be subject to strict "cooling off" periods, warns the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International.

A report examining corruption risks in the mining sector singles out Martin Ferguson and Ian MacFarlane who...

Technical report

11 May 2017

This audit was undertaken when the Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development was responsible for ensuring land disturbed by mining activities is rehabilitated in accordance with the relevant development approval, including the administration of mining rehabilitation security deposits. On 1 April 2017, this responsibility...

Discussion paper

10 May 2017

The Better Mine Rehabilitation for Queensland discussion paper presents a proposed mine rehabilitation policy stating the Government’s commitment to ensuring mined land is rehabilitated progressively over the life of the mine, resulting in land that is able to support another use – such as grazing,...

Journal article

8 May 2017

Mineral resources and energy are central to the level of technological sophistication that we have come to expect in our everyday lives. Yet the availability and use of these finite resources is unsustainable, almost by definition, and particularly so when considering fragile ecosystems.


Audio program

23 Apr 2017

In Victoria’s LaTrobe Valley, the Hazelwood brown coal mine is closed.

In the Northern Territory’s Top End, the Ranger uranium mine is due to shut down in four years time.

Different mines, same problem – what’s the plan for safe and productive post-mining...

Research report

21 Apr 2017

The purpose of this study is to examine the regional geography of Australia's economic transition, since the mining investment boom, to identify those regions and localities that face significant challenges in successfully transitioning to a more sustainable economic base and the factors which will influence...


3 Nov 2016


Deep Crustal Seismic Reflection Profiling: Australia 1978–2015 presents the full suite of reflection profiles penetrating the whole crust carried our in Australia by Geoscience Australia and various partners.

The set of reflection data comprises over 16,000 km of coverage across...


14 Apr 2016

Being an advanced economy that can make things here at home means ensuring Australia’s strategic industries have a sustainable future.

To secure the long-term future of our local metal industries, we need to make smart use of the opportunities in front of us and...



9 Dec 2015

Australians seem to be forever rediscovering an urgent need to 'unlock' the vast potential of the north. They've been doing it for over a hundred and fifty years, and throughout that time their efforts have been accompanied by a great deal of hyperbole. It still...


18 Mar 2015

The global economic crisis is not over for Australia. Instead, its effects have been delayed rather than avoided. China’s economic stimulus delayed the impact of the crisis, but as Chinese economy rebalances and its growth slows, Australian policy-makers will have to deal with a series...

Audio podcast

5 Dec 2014

Recently, Horace Dediu on his podcast the Critical Path cited a figure that Apple had sold 10 million iPhone 6 on the first weekend of their release – an extraordinary figure.

We all love new technology but where do the raw materials for these...

Research report

3 Apr 2014

This publication provides a broad picture of the interactions of the environment with the economy and society of Australia.


The Australian Environmental–Economic Accounts represents the culmination of efforts by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to develop, implement and regularly produce...

Discussion paper

2 Apr 2014

This is a critical assessment of political governance and service delivery at the subnational level. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of a particular province in order to make some broad statements about politics and governance in Papua New Guinea. With insights gained from rural...

Research report

28 Mar 2014

This Research Paper provides an introduction and overview of issues relevant to the development of unconventional gas – coal seam, shale and tight gas – in the Australian and specifically Victorian context.

At present, the Victorian unconventional gas industry is at a very early...

Research report

15 Nov 2013

The resources sector in Western Australia is well aware of the benefits of employing and retaining a diverse workforce. With ongoing demands for skilled labour, the future growth of the industry will rely on it's ability to attract and retain a diverse range of staff....

Research report

15 Dec 2012

The so-called “mining boom” of the early 21st century has seen the resources share of Australia’s total goods and services exports double in real terms from approximately one-quarter to one-half.

This change in just a decade represents one of the most profound and sustained...


15 Apr 2012

FIFO employment is much talked about, but is not well understood. In remote areas of Australia today, and Western Australia particularly, it provides a significant and growing proportion of the workforce needed by the resources sector, and is anticipated to double within the next 3-5...

Technical report

15 Apr 2012

This report has been prepared in response to a request by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland. In conjunction with a number of other universities and the CSIRO, CSRM has been engaged to conduct research into the impacts...

Working paper

15 Feb 2012

Decomposition of real commodity prices suggests four super-cycles during 1865-2009 ranging between 30-40 years with amplitudes 20-40 percent higher or lower than the long-run trend. Non-oil price super-cycles follow world GDP, indicating they are essentially demand-determined; causality runs in the opposite direction for oil prices....