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

Export volumes have trebled in the ten years to 2016-17. In 2006-07, Western Australia exported 255 million tonnes of iron ore. In 2016-17, Western Australia exported 808 million tonnes of iron ore.

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 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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