After a number of years in the doldrums, 2018 saw the WA mining and resources sector turn a corner. A number of significant projects were commenced or announced and there is a palpable buzz in the air (although there is an almost universally acknowledged but unspoken agreement that no-one will use the ‘B’ word). Some people are estimating that there is up to $75b in capital and infrastructure investment coming down the pipeline, including billions of dollars in massive new and expanded iron ore mines, as well as a number of large-scale lithium, nickel and cobalt projects driven by the global demand for lithium-ion EV batteries.

Hence, it seems that WA’s mining sector will be a particularly fertile battleground for some of the ALP’s planned IR changes to be put into effect. There are a number of changes that have been announced by the ALP, or have been called for by the union movement and not yet adopted or rejected by the ALP, that would have a striking impact on this sector, and potentially the ability for the sector to continue its recovery from the mining downturn. Click here to read our thoughts on the planned IR changes.

For more information or advice on this topic, please contact:

Anthony Longland
Anthony Longland
Partner, Perth
+61 8 9211 7273
Kirsty Faichen
Kirsty Faichen
Partner, Brisbane
+61 7 3258 6492
Rohan Doyle
Rohan Doyle
Partner, Melbourne
+61 3 9288 1099
Anthony Wood
Anthony Wood
Partner, Melbourne
+61 3 9288 1544
Natalie Gaspar
Natalie Gaspar
Partner, Melbourne
+61 3 9288 1091
Shivchand Jhinku
Shivchand Jhinku
Executive Counsel, Sydney
+61 2 9225 5228
Wendy Fauvel
Wendy Fauvel
Senior Associate, Brisbane
+61 7 3258 6388
Catherine Pase
Catherine Pase
Senior Associate, Melbourne
+61 3 9288 1668