Mines and mineral resources

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5 Mar 2018

This assessment provides useful long-term indicators of potential resource life and future supply capability. Its broad outlook should assist with government policy decisions, as well as programs and planning associated with the minerals sector and the sustainable development of Australia's mineral resources.


5 Dec 2017

Transparent and accountable mining can contribute to sustainable development. Thisbegins with corruption-free approvals – the very first link in the mining value chainwhen decisions are made about whether, where, and under what circumstances topermit 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.

Technical report

Department of Planning and Environment
11 May 2017

This audit found that security deposits held by the NSW government are unlikely to cover full costs of mine rehabilitation (in the event of default by a mining company) and do not include sufficient contingency given the substantial risks and uncertainties associated with mine rehabilitation...

Journal article

8 May 2017

This article considers the management of exclusive economic zones in New Zealand under proposed legislation

Audio program

23 Apr 2017

How should Australia plan for safe and productive post-mining landscapes?

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.

Research report

15 Nov 2013

This study looks at the representation of women and Indigenous employees in the resource sector workforce in Western Australia.

Research report

15 Dec 2012

This paper addresses the challenge of rebooting the mining boom. It argues that inefficiencies which developed or were sustained over the high price phase of the boom can no longer be sustained over the next decade.

Technical report

15 Apr 2012

This report examined the economic and social impacts of a move towards the automation and remote operations of key functions in the mining industry.


15 Apr 2012

This publication examines FIFO trends in the Western Australian context, literature on the subject, new directions in FIFO integration and provides examples of current practices of PICC member companies.