About the MCA

The Minerals Council of Australia represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society.

Australia’s minerals industry is innovative, technologically advanced, capital intensive, and environmentally and socially progressive. The industry is a major contributor to national income, investment, high-wage jobs, exports and government revenues in Australia.

MCA member companies account for more than 85 per cent of Australia’s annual mineral production and 90 per cent of mineral export earnings.

The MCA represents the minerals industry with a common purpose in:

  • Advocating pre-competitive or generic public policy for a socioeconomic environment conducive to growth and prosperity
  • Identifying and promoting leading operation principles
  • Engaging with opinion leaders and other stakeholders building a public presence that reflects the industry’s contribution to the sustainable economic benefit of all Australians.

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

The MCA advocates consistent and balanced policy settings for:

  • An industry free of fatalities, injuries and diseases
  • A macro-economic framework conducive to global competitiveness and sustainable economic growth, which is characterised by low inflation, low interest rates and fiscal prudence
  • A skilled, productive and flexible workforce
  • Efficient export infrastructure
  • Reconciling energy security with managing climate change as part of a sustainable global solution
  • A seamless and efficient Federation characterised by consistent regulation
  • Access to competitive markets for capital, production inputs, human resources, and end products
  • Access to natural resources and competitive markets for land, water and energy
  • A fair and stable society where effort is encouraged and rewarded, and support is extended to those in need
  • Mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous and local communities through engagement and capacity building
  • Improved environmental performance for sustainable eco-systems beyond life of mine.