The State Government’s Future Battery Industry Strategy for Western Australia

Over the recent years, there has been a rapid increase in the global demand for battery materials and technology, representing a significant opportunity for Western Australia.

Battery minerals, such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, vanadium and graphite are basic source minerals for these new battery technology systems. Western Australia is currently the global leader in lithium production and is also home to the fourth largest vanadium and manganese resource, the second largest reserves of cobalt and the largest nickel resources.

Western Australia's natural endowment of battery minerals combined with our technical skills, industry capabilities and close proximity to the manufacturing centres in Asia, make our State ideally placed to capitalise on the growing needs of the global battery market.  

Lithium and Energy Materials Strategy

On 24 May 2018, the State Government announced the establishment of a ministerial taskforce to capitalise on the State's potential to produce and process lithium and other energy materials.

The taskforce will oversee the development of a Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy that builds upon Western Australia’s competitive advantages to create a sustainable, world-leading energy materials industry that diversifies the state’s economy, creates jobs and maximises benefits to the local community.

The taskforce is chaired by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum and will be informed by industry stakeholder engagement.

Statement of Intent - Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy

Lithium and Energy Material Industry Stakeholder Consultation

The State Government is prioritising the development of the Strategy and has engaged with key stakeholders from across industry, research organisations and the community, to provide opportunity to play an active role in shaping the State Government’s Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy.

An Industry Consortium was held in Perth on 19 July 2018 attracting over 140 stakeholders from both local and international companies and research representatives across the energy materials value chain. The Consortium comprised a half day facilitated workshop with guest speakers including:

  • Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia;
  • Honourable Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations; Electoral Affairs; Asian Engagement; and
  • Professor Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist of Western Australia.

A Western Australian Local Government Association Roundtable on Lithium and Energy Materials Industry was also held on 
1 August, 2018. Both of these forums were well received and identified key issues and opportunities in the sector and the role the State can play in supporting and unlocking Western Australia’s energy materials value chain.

Feedback from these events has been reviewed and we are working to address the following key areas identified:

  • International promotion of Western Australia as an energy materials investment destination
  • Facilitation of prospective energy materials projects
  • Diversification and expansion of energy materials extracted and processed in Western Australia
  • Pathways for progression from energy materials mining to move further down the value chain
  • Research and development into energy materials and high technology energy sectors in Western Australia
  • State and Commonwealth coordination and engagement to encourage growth in the energy materials sector; and
  • Impact on local communities, infrastructure, workforce development and project facilitation.

We continue to work with industry, the community and research organisations to deliver a sustainable Strategy that creates a world-leading energy materials industry for Western Australia.

More Information and enquiries

The State Government welcomes all comments, enquiries or submissions on the Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy. Please email the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation at energymaterials@jtsi.wa.gov.au