2010 Annual Report - Minerals Council of Australia

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

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

The industry the MCA represents is physically, economically and socially significant by any measure. It is diverse geographically, structurally, and in the production and export of mineral products. The industry is innovative, technologically advanced, capital intensive, and environmentally and socially progressive.

The industry is profoundly integrated into the world’s capital, product, and human resource markets.

The MCA is, in essence, the corporate affairs division of the Australian minerals industry. It represents the minerals industry with a common purpose in:

  • advocating pre-competitive or generic public policy for a socio-economic environment conducive to growth and prosperity;
  • identifying and promoting leading operation principles; and
  • 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’s strategic objective is to advocate public policy and operational practice for a globally competitive industry that is safe, profitable, innovative and environmentally and socially responsible.

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; and
  • improved environmental performance for a sustainable natural environment embracing longer term considerations for sustainable eco-systems beyond life of mine.

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