Western Australia is home to 111 principal mining projects and hundreds of smaller quarries and mines, producing over 50 different commodities. In 2015-16, iron ore was the state's most valuable resource, followed by liquefied natural gas, gold, crude oil and condensate, alumina, nickel, base metals (copper, lead and zinc) and heavy mineral sands (garnet, illmenite, leucoxene, zircon and rutile).
Minerals and petroleum are main industries in Western Australia and output growth is forecast for these sectors in the medium to long term.
Western Australia is one of the most productive and diversified mineral and petroleum regions in the world, with more than 50 mineral and petroleum products being produced in commercial quantities worth A$87.9 billion in 2015-16.
The State leads Australia in minerals and petroleum output and produces a significant proportion of the world’s trade in several key commodities.
Western Australian resource production in a global context: 2015
|Iron ore ||Million tonnes ||37 ||741 ||2,030 |
|Garnet ||'000 tonnes ||17 ||283 ||1,660 |
|Zircon ||'000 tonnes ||14 ||195 ||1,410 |
|Alumina ||Million tonnes ||12 ||14 ||115 |
|Nickel ||'000 tonnes ||7 ||174 ||2,530 |
|Ilmenite ||'000 tonnes ||8 ||449 ||5,610 |
|Diamonds ||Million carats ||10 ||13 ||125 |
|Rutile ||'000 tonnes ||8 ||40 ||480 |
|LNG ||Million tonnes ||8 ||20 ||245 |
|Gold ||Tonnes ||6 ||193 ||3,000 |
Source: Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum, Resources Data Files.