Western Australia is the world’s largest producer and exporter of iron ore.

Export volumes have trebled in the 10 years to 2015-16. In 2005-06, Western Australia exported 243 million tonnes of iron ore. In 2015-16, Western Australia exported 757 million tonnes.

Significant investment in the iron ore industry over the past fifteen years has stimulated the development of services industries that support projects and expansion of existing operations.

The Department of State Development publishes a statistical profile of the iron ore industry in Western Australia.

This publication discusses:

  • Western Australia’s production and export of iron ore
  • prices, costs and quality
  • the sector’s contribution to the Western Australian economy

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