8415.0 - Mining Operations, Australia, 2005-06  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/10/2007   
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Over the period from 2001-02 to 2005-06 Western Australia was consistently, and by far, the largest Australian mineral commodity producer, accounting for 43% of the value of production in 2005-06. Queensland was the second highest contributor (29% in 2005-06), with New South Wales (13% in 2005-06) consistently ranked third.

Western Australia recorded the highest contribution, 61% of the Australian total, to Metallic minerals, whilst Queensland was the highest in the Fuel minerals category, with 37%. Of the $24.3b increase in the value of mineral production during 2005-06, $9.7b was attributable to Queensland and $9.2b to Western Australia. With an increase of $7.5b, Queensland dominated the national increase of $13.4b in the value of Fuel minerals. Western Australia was the major source of the $10.7b national increase in value of Metallic minerals, having produced an additional $6.1b in this category. Its contribution to the increase in value of Metallic minerals was more than twice the size of the next largest contributor, Queensland (up $2.3b).

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