Critical Minerals Office  

We provide national policy and strategic advice and facilitation services for industry to grow Australia’s critical minerals industry.

What we do

We are the Australian Government's central coordination point to:

  • grow Australia’s critical minerals sector
  • promote Australia as a secure, reliable and ethical critical mineral’s supplier 
  • provide national policy and strategic advice
  • connect Australian critical minerals projects to:
    • investors
    • regulators
    • government financing facilities
    • Australia's strategic partners.
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Our key activities include:

  • developing policy and regulatory settings that enable investment and unlock downstream opportunities
  • promoting investment and building diverse and secure global supply chains, in partnership with:
    • Austrade
    • the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • improving access to regulatory approvals and funding and investment information
  • supporting research and development.

Partnering internationally on global supply chains

We’re working across government and with international partners to:

  • help address supply chain risks
  • advance research
  • promote ethical and sustainable practice.

We also maintain an active presence in multilateral initiatives, including:

  • IEA Critical Minerals Working Party
  • Conference on Critical Materials and Minerals
  • Minerals Security Partnership
  • Sustainable Critical Minerals Alliance
  • Critical Minerals Strategic Advisory Group in the International Organization for Standardization
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Energy Resource Governance Initiative
  • Indo-Pacific Economic Framework
  • Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.

Facilitating critical minerals research

We support research and development in partnership with:

  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)
  • Geoscience Australia.

This includes collaborating on the $50.5 million Australian Critical Minerals Research and Development Hub.

Latest news

Senator the Hon Don Farrell, Minister for Trade and Tourism and The Hon Madeleine King MP, Minister for Resources and Minister for Northern Australia sign the Memorandum for Understanding.
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Australia and the European Union partner up on critical minerals

Australia and the EU’s new bilateral agreement will open up new opportunities to work together on critical minerals to accelerate the transition to net zero.
Minister for Resources and Northern Australia with Canadian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources
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Australia and Canada to cooperate on critical minerals

Our two countries will work together to improve supply chain transparency and advocate for robust environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials in critical minerals markets.
Close up image of semiconductor silicon wafer with text ‘Grant opportunity - International Partnerships in Critical Minerals Program – applications now open’.
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$40 million to support critical minerals projects in Australia

International Partnerships in Critical Minerals grants will provide co-funding for Australian projects. Applications now open.

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