Policy papers

Opportunity at risk - Regaining our competitive edge in minerals resources

The developing world’s economic transformation continues to offer sustained demand growth for Australia’s commodity exports. The fundamental drivers of minerals demand growth, urbanisation and industrialisation, will exist for the next 20 years or more. Neither weaknesses in developed world economies nor a temporary deceleration in China will dampen these long-term trends. For Australia, maintaining our current minerals market shares would add $121 billion per annum to resource sector revenues by 2031. This is a 65% increase for a sector already twice the size it was in 2006. The benefits of this growth would be large and widespread.