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Western Australia’s mining sector has continued to appeal to investors, ranking as the most attractive region the world for investment.

The most recent Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, released in April 2022, evaluated 84 jurisdictions based on responses from companies operating in the global mining industry. The State’s investment attractiveness was based on respondents claiming it performed well in the areas of geological database, security (both of these factors recorded no impact in deterring investors), political stability and trade barriers.

WA is the land of plenty for minerals, with more than 50 different minerals mined and 1000 operating mine sites. It is a world leader in mineral projects, hosting nine of the top 50 global projects, including six of the world’s 10 highest value projects. No other nation (let alone a state or region within a country) has more than one of the world’s top 10 mineral projects.

Bolstering the WA’s mining and resources industry is its ability to adopt innovative technologies, being a leader in automation, having high ethical and environmental standards and having some of the world’s largest reserves of minerals used for manufacturing rechargeable batteries such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, aluminium, rare earth metals and reserves of untapped high-quality graphite.

The mining and resources sector is the State’s largest producer of carbon emissions and has come under pressure, primarily by consumers, to reduce its carbon footprint. And, CCIWA’s Business Strategy 2023 reported that mining and resources was among the industries that are directly exposed to impacts of climate change, which if sustained can erode the value of financial assets, damage cashflows or increase organisational liabilities.

Climate change has come to the forefront of environmental and social governance (ESG) and is now seen as a must-consideration for organisations and investors in developing their business strategy. Many companies have seen this as an opportunity to transition their operations to be more climate conscious, which has increased the uptake of new, innovative practices such as powering mine sites with renewable energy, replacing company truck, digger and car fleets to be electricity-powered, and using green hydrogen to fuel mining operations.

Also high on the ESG agenda for mining and resources organisations is making work sites safer for employees. The first investment into autonomous mining was in the Pilbara in 2008 and since other mines have followed suit.

WA is a world leader in adopting autonomous mining machinery and now there are in operation 250 trucks, 40 explosive drilling rigs and five long-haul trains, including the world’s first automated heavy-haul long distance rail system. Companies have reported autonomous vehicles and equipment, which are controlled remotely from operations centres, enable staff to work less hours, have more downtime and less requirement to be in high-risk situations, along with operational benefits of reduced waste and improved efficiencies.

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Guide on creating an investment project

1. Add investment project details

Tell investors about your investment project:

  • Describe your investment opportunity sufficiently for potential investors to understand the project and why you are seeking external funds of investment.
  • Articulate your investor proposition. This is your opportunity to share your story and your vision to an engaged investor audience.
  • Provide specific information in relation to the investment project – corporate entity/ownership, ABN / ACN, trading names investment value, investment type/sector and region,
  • Describe whether or not the investment project has an indigenous involvement and/or engagement.
  • Upload quality images and video link if you have them.
  • Provide location details (optional) so we can put it on a map.
  • Provide primary contact details to receive potential investor enquiries.Upload any other project information that you want potential investors to download that supports your investor proposition or "investment pitch".

2. State the impact and alignment of your project to WA investment strategies

When you create your Investment Project you will need to provide details on how it aligns with WA State Governments business sentiment and investment strategies – for example, the impact on jobs, tourism and the Western Australian economy.

3. Submit your investment project for review

Your investment project will be reviewed by our panel to ensure your investment opportunity is an "investment ready" project and satisfies our guidelines and approval process.

Investment ready means that the investment proponent has a clearly articulated business and/or project plan which demonstrates:

  • project feasibility and delivery, including risk management.
  • the strength, experience, capabilities and capacity to execute the proposed project;
  • a growth plan, and how that growth will be funded; and
  • how the investment proponent will need to be in the correct business structure.

3. Submit your project for review

We will review your Project Brief and work with you to make sure it is ready for investors.

4. Approval and listing

We communicate with you via email as you create, save, submit and revise your investment opportunity. Our team may contact you directly during the review and revision process. We will always confirm by email after your investment project has been approved by us for listing.

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