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Critical minerals

The New South Wales resources sector is vibrant, with world-class deposits, a highly skilled workforce and a well-earned reputation for safe, responsible and innovative mining practices.

At a glance

$17 billion

contributed to the NSW economy by the regional NSW mining and resources sector in 2021-22


jobs directly created from mining, the majority in regional NSW

$130 million

in NSW Government funding for the Critical Minerals and High-Tech Metals Activation Fund


exploration licences granted by the NSW Government in 2021

$16 million

committed by the NSW Government over 10 years for geophysical surveys

17 out of 24

minerals identified in the Australian Critical Minerals Prospectus 2021 found in NSW


in Australia for economic demonstrated resource endowments for copper and silver and third for cobalt, gold, lead, nickel and zinc

Hot opportunities

Mineral processing


Precursor materials manufacturing

Battery cell manufacturing

Battery cell assembly

Recycling pilot plants

Talk to us about critical minerals opportunities in regional NSW

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