Supporting critical minerals projects in Australia  

Government funding, information and tools are available to help companies progress major critical minerals projects in Australia.

We aim to grow Australia’s emerging critical minerals sector by supporting innovation, attracting investment and exporting to new markets.

Government support for the critical minerals industry

The government welcomes investment in Australian critical minerals projects.

    Critical Minerals Office

    The Critical Minerals Office connects Australian critical minerals projects to investors and strategic partners to advance projects and provide midstream and downstream opportunities.

    Austrade

    Austrade is the government’s lead trade and investment facilitation agency. It supports the critical minerals sector by developing commercial partnerships to connect Australia with trade partners and target markets.

    Geoscience Australia

    Australia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Investor Guide 2020 by Geoscience Australia includes guidelines for foreign investment, business entry into Australia, indigenous engagement and sustainable development.

    Australia Minerals

    Australia Minerals provides information, expertise and support for mineral explorers and investors.

    Secure funding and finance

    The government supports critical minerals projects that benefit Australia’s national interest and deliver more opportunity for our businesses globally. This includes projects with potential to deliver new separation and processing capacity in Australia.

    Your project may be eligible for funding or assistance.

    Export Finance Australia (EFA)

    EFA is the government’s export credit agency, providing financial solutions, loans, guarantees and bonds. See EFA eligibility criteria and support for critical minerals projects.

    Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

    The NAIF provides loans to help fund infrastructure in northern Australia, including critical minerals projects. Your investment proposal must meet NAIF eligibility criteria.

    Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC)

    The CEFC invests in renewable energy projects, including battery storage and lithium mining. See the CEFC investment guidelines.

    Cooperative Research Centres Program (CRC)

    The CRC Program supports collaborations between industry, researchers and the community to address problems facing Australia. See the eligibility criteria on business.gov.au.

    Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive

    The R&D Tax Incentive reduces company R&D costs by offering tax offsets for eligible R&D expenditure of more than AU$20,000. See the eligibility criteria on business.gov.au.

    Source expertise and data

    The government provides expertise and tools to identify areas of resource potential.

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

    CSIRO is one of the largest minerals research groups in the world. CSIRO partners with industry for mineral resource exploration, processing and purification, battery design and manufacturing.

    Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

    The ANSTO Minerals team provides process development services, technical reviews and consulting services to clients in the mining and mineral processing industries.

    Geoscience Australia

    Geoscience Australia offers geological exploration and mapping expertise, much of which is publicly available as precompetitive data on their site. See Geoscience Australia resources on critical minerals.

    Exploring for the Future program

    Geoscience Australia's Exploring for the Future program gathers geoscientific data about Australia’s potential mineral, energy and groundwater resources. See the program's data visualisation map.

    Get 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 agencies and resources help investors and developers navigate regulatory approvals.

    Foreign Investment Review Board

    The Foreign Investment Review Board provides Information on foreign investment approval requirements for investing in Australia.

    Australia Minerals

    Australia Minerals provides information on state and territory regulations that may be relevant to establishing and progressing critical minerals projects in Australia.

    Major Projects Help tool

    The Major Projects Help tool on Business.gov.au helps companies identify the Australian Government approvals and processes that may relevant to their proposal.

    Major Projects Facilitation Agency (MPFA)

    The MPFA helps projects with a capital expenditure over AU$20 million to navigate Australian Government regulatory approvals. They can also provide onshore minerals regulation contacts in your state or territory.