... believes projects must be environmentally sound and socially responsible. ... is the nation’s second largest export earner. ... spends over $20 billion each year on goods, services and the community in Australia. ... earned $38.6 billion of export revenue in 2012-13. ... is investing in cutting-edge technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from coal mining and use. ... accounts for three quarters of Australia’s grid electricity generation. ... has almost halved its greenhouse gas emissions intensity since 1990. ... employs around 50,000 people directly and more than 135,000 indirectly.


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in February 2014, the Australian coal mining industry employed 54,900 people full time in direct employment and more than 145,000 people in related employment. This number is lower than the all-time peak reached in May 2012 of 59,000 persons, but is still more than 267% higher than compared to a decade ago.

Chart 1: Australia’s coal mining direct employment

Source: ABS.