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Research into exploration, mining, ore dressing and metallurgy is conducted by government bodies, universities, private enterprise, and by the combined efforts of all these. A summary of the main organisations and their functions follows.
AMIRA International Limited
AMIRA is a not-for-profit private sector company, established in 1959 to facilitate the technological advancement of its members in the mineral, coal, petroleum and associated industries. It has membership and support of more than 90 companies in Australia and internationally.
AMIRA brokers and manages jointly funded research projects on a fee for service basis. Project sponsors are required to be AMIRA members. Typically, at any one time there are 70 projects under management valued at $40m.
The primary benefit delivered by AMIRA is the output from project sponsorship.
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE)
ABARE is a professionally independent agency devoted to applied economic research. For over 50 years ABARE has worked with industry and government to provide stakeholders in Australia's rural and resource industries with up-to-date public policy analysis and commodity forecasts. ABARE's research seeks to clearly and independently identify the benefits and costs of alternative policy options for consideration by government and private decision makers.
ABARE services include:
ABARE undertakes economic research on issues affecting the full range of major minerals, energy, agricultural and natural resources industries, as well as on climate change, and on macroeconomic, microeconomic and trade issues relating to these industries.