We are the Australian Government's central coordination point to:
- grow Australia’s critical minerals sector
- position Australia as a secure, reliable and ethical supplier of critical minerals
- provide national policy and strategic advice on critical minerals
- connect Australian critical minerals projects to:
- government financing facilities
- Australia's strategic partners.
Our key activities include:
- supporting research and development
- promoting investment and identifying opportunities in partnership with Austrade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- ensuring Australia’s policy and regulatory settings support investment and unlock downstream opportunities
- improving access to information about regulatory approvals, funding and investment
- facilitating strategically important critical minerals projects
- partnering with other countries to build global supply chains.
Critical Minerals Strategy 2023
We are developing a strategy to help Australia:
- add value to our resources
- grow our domestic downstream processing and manufacturing industries
- support decarbonisation.
We consulted to inform the strategy's development. Find the discussion paper on our consultation hub.
Partnering on global supply chains
We are working across government and with our international partners to:
- help address supply chain risks
- advance research
- promote ethical and sustainable practice.
- collaborating with:
- leading work to implement technical standards and good governance.
We also maintain an active presence in multilateral initiatives, including:
- Minerals Security Partnership
- IEA Critical Minerals Working Party
- Conference on Critical Material and Minerals
- Quadrilateral Security Dialogue
- Energy Resource Governance Initiative.
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.