Western Australia is one of the most productive and diversified mineral and petroleum regions in the world.

Western Australia is home to 127 high-value, export-oriented mining projects and hundreds of smaller quarries and mines, producing over 50 different commodities. 

In 2018, Western Australia sold A$127.4 billion of mineral and petroleum products, mainly consisting of iron ore; liquefied natural gas; gold; alumina and bauxite; condensate; nickel; crude oil; lithium; base metals (copper, lead and zinc); natural gas; cobalt; manganese; and 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. 

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: 2018

 

 

Unit

WA % of world

Western Australia

World

Iron ore

million tonnes

34

811

2500

Garnet

'000 tonnes

33

n.a.

n.a.

Rare earhs

'000 tonnes

23

30

170

LNG

million tonnes

16

44

319

Diamonds

million carats

12

16

150

Alumina

million tonnes

11

13

130

Ilmenite

000 tonnes

10

624

6100

Nickel

'000 tonnes

7

150

2300

Gold

tonnes

7

212

3347

Salt

million tonnes

5

13

300

Cobalt

000 tonnes

4

5

140

Zircon

'000 tonnes

4

67

1500

Rutile

'000 tonnes

2

15

940


Source: Western Australia Department of Mines and Petroleum, Resources Data Files.