Our department sponsored the 2023 World Mining Congress held in Brisbane from 26-29 June. We led a whole-of-government presence within the Congress, partnering with several Australian Government agencies. Partners included:
- Export Finance Australia
- Clean Energy Finance Corporation
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
- Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade)
- Office of Northern Australia
- Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.
Staff from these agencies were on hand at our ‘Team Australia’ stand, highlighting the government’s range of programs, services and advice for resources sector businesses.
Held in Australia for the first time and hosted by CSIRO, the 26th World Mining Congress welcomed over 3000 delegates from more than 50 countries. The theme was ’Resourcing Tomorrow: Creating Value for Society’. Plenary sessions examined the world’s future economic and social dependence on resources. The program also covered important issues for the sector including environmental sustainability, climate change, digital transformation, disruptive technologies, and our future workforce.
We co-chaired a critical minerals breakfast with CSIRO during the congress. This event featured a panel discussion on the opportunities for Australian critical mineral operations. Around 100 industry, academic and research, and international delegates attended the event.
The breakfast event and the Congress as a whole provided a great opportunity for networking with our stakeholders from industry, research and other government jurisdictions. Many discussions centred around the newly released Critical Minerals strategy, highlighting the essential role of critical minerals in achieving our net zero ambitions.