The government provides funding, information and tools to help companies progress major critical minerals projects within Australia. This helps grow Australia’s emerging critical minerals sector by supporting innovation, attracting investment and exporting to new markets.
The Critical Minerals Facilitation Office is the central coordination point to grow Australia’s critical minerals sector. There are many other initiatives available to support resources projects more broadly, including critical minerals.
Navigating regulatory approvals
Projects exploring and mining minerals within Australia must meet certain requirements. Steps include obtaining licences, leases and environmental, health and safety approvals.
These resources help developers navigate regulatory approvals:
Australia Minerals provides information on state and territory regulations that may be relevant to establishing and progressing critical minerals projects in Australia.
The Major Projects Facilitation Agency helps projects with a capital expenditure of AU$20 million and over to navigate Commonwealth Government regulatory approvals. They can also provide information on the best onshore minerals regulation contacts in your state or territory.
Funding and support
The government supports critical minerals projects that benefit Australia’s national interest and deliver more opportunity for our businesses globally.
Your project may be eligible for funding or assistance.
Export Finance Australia (EFA) is the government’s export credit agency. EFA provides businesses with financial solutions, including loans, guarantees and bonds. It works closely with banks and government agencies to:
support project proponents to realise export opportunities
help finance sustainable infrastructure in the Indo-Pacific
The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community to address industry identified problems facing Australia. The program offers support through 2 funding streams:
CRC Grants provide funding for medium to long term, industry-led collaborative research, for up to 10 years
CRC Projects (CRC-P) Grants provide funding for short term, industry-led collaborative research projects, for up to 3 years
Specific CRCs we are supporting to undertake R&D related to critical minerals include:
CRC ORE focuses on optimising resources extraction
MinEx CRC focuses on improving mineral discovery and drilling technologies
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has a unique role to increase investment in Australia’s transition to lower emissions, including by investing in renewable energy such as energy storage, wind and solar power.
The government is using its international networks to stay informed of market developments. Austrade links overseas investors with Australia’s critical minerals companies. See how Austrade can help international companies establish and build their business in Australia.
Australia Minerals provides information, expertise and support for mineral explorers and investors.
Finding the right tools
The Government provides expertise and tools to identify areas of resource potential.
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Minerals team provides process development services, technical reviews and consulting services to clients in the mining and mineral processing industries. ANSTO has extensive experience in rare earth processing.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is one of the largest minerals research groups in the world. CSIRO has scientific expertise and a proven track record in partnering with industry for mineral resource exploration, processing and purification, battery design and manufacturing. It also provides pilot-scale demonstration capability for battery metals and products.