Investing in the Australian mining industry: A focus on coal and iron ore

24 July 2015

Australia is a country with vast mineral wealth. This fact, coupled with its stable political, legal and economic environment, a highly skilled workforce, and a welcoming attitude to foreign investment, has led to Australia being a favoured destination for foreign investors.

Large scale foreign investment into Australia’s mining industry started in the 1960s by the USA and Japan, and continues today with foreign investment in Australian mining projects from China, India, Korea, Japan, the USA, the UK, Brazil, South Africa and many other countries from all around the world.

Australia’s resource wealth extends to a wide variety of minerals, including copper, lead, zinc, gold, silver, nickel, tin, uranium, rare earths, oil and gas to name just a few.

But it is Australia’s bulk mineral commodities – coal and iron ore – that have taken the spotlight in recent years, provoking enormous interest from foreign investors.

This publication has been prepared by Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a premium independent Australian law firm, and a key adviser to foreign investors. This publication gives an overview of the Australian coal and iron ore industries and the key legal issues involved in investing in or developing a mining project in Australia.

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The content of this publication is for reference purposes only. It is current at the date of publication. This content does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Legal advice about your specific circumstances should always be obtained before taking any action based on this publication.

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Bruce Adkins

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