Mineral industries


13 Dec 2018

This report outlines how Australia’s anti-tax avoidance regime could be further strengthened to ensure that multinationals – particularly those profiting of Australia’s finite nature resources – can no longer avoid their tax obligations with impunity.


16 Nov 2018

Fracking and unconventional gas including coal seam gas pose a serious threat to our climate, groundwater, agricultural land and community. Fracking and gas mining has expanded rapidly across Australia thanks to the industry’s cosy relationship with governments, but has been destructive to land and communities....


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.

Discussion paper

1 Sep 2017

This discussion paper suggests that the Australian mining industry is dominated by foreign corporate interests that are spending hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our political process.

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...


28 Oct 2016

Mining can play a vital role on the sustainable development of some of the world’s poorest countries, yet many countries that are most economically dependent on mining would benefit from improved governance, according to a new report published by the International Council of Mining and...

Audio interview


16 Jun 2016

Labor has pledged $100 million as a lifeline for the Whyalla steelworkers. Professor Jim Minifie, Productivity Growth Program Director at the Melbourne-based Grattan Institute, describes it as poorly thought out corporate welfare that won't benefit workers in the long term, but will reward poor management...

Discussion paper

6 Jun 2016

Coal, for decades one of the “certainties” of Australian politics, is in terminal decline. This economic, environmental and geopolitical fact is now beyond dispute.

Whoever wins the coming Federal Election will have no choice but to deal with the beginning of the end of...


15 Aug 2015

A survey of FIFO workers to canvass information relating to working conditions, redundancies, shift and roster patterns, employer support, relationships, R & R and mental health.


18 Jun 2015

Overview: Since 2008, over $175 billion has been loaned to the Australian fossil fuel industry. Market Forces' interactive map and tables outline the commercial banks that have loaned the most money to Australian fossil fuel projects and companies (overall and by sector) since January...


3 Sep 2014

Executive summary

Victoria is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world. Victoria experiences bushfires every fire season. Many of these bushfires are catastrophic events resulting in the loss of life and property. The Latrobe Valley, like much of Victoria and...


15 Jun 2014

There are many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are doing their bit to build opportunities for Indigenous people. Many are running small to medium sized businesses developing and maintaining partnerships with big business in the resources industry. Getting it right brings some of...


17 Mar 2014

Australians are living through a period of exceptional prosperity – but commodity prices are dropping and the boom is set to end. Are we ready for the reforms and challenges that lie ahead?

In the first Fifth Estate of 2014, host Sally Warhaft is...


5 Mar 2014

Introduction: This report provides a description of resource exploration, the role of governments, and examines the exploration licencing process.

It summarises the regulatory approvals that explorers are required to obtain in order to undertake mineral and energy resource exploration, specifically in relation to...


5 Mar 2014

Investments in coal, oil, and gas increase financial risk without increasing returns, according to this report, which includes the first simulation comparing performance of an Australian fossil fuel free investment portfolio with an indexed ASX portfolio.


Debates about climate change have...


7 Oct 2013

This paper examines what social media mining methods and tools are on offer, how they should best be used, and what sorts of ethical issues are raised by their use.


The ongoing production of staggeringly huge volumes of digital data is...


28 Jul 2013

This report examines the fears some Australians have about the potential adverse consequences of the 10-year mining boom.


15 Jun 2013

Australian resource companies make a variety of investments in communities to support a social licence to operate. This report presents an approach that draws on social return on investment methodology. It argues that by understanding the value created by social investment, companies can create better...


12 Jun 2013


Extreme weather events in Australia over recent years have highlighted the costs for Australian mining and mineral processing operations of being under-prepared for adapting to climate risk. For example, the 2010/2011 Queensland floods closed or restricted production of about forty out of...

Briefing paper

25 Feb 2013

Since the beginning of the mining boom Australia’s rural sector has lost $61.5 billion in export income. This includes $18.9 billion in 2011-12 alone. These losses have occurred because the mining boom has forced the Australian dollar to historic highs.



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