Mining ministers are set to meet in Adelaide to discuss ways to increase the supply of minerals used in technologies such as mobile phones and batteries.
The inaugural Council of Australian Governments (COAG) of Resources meeting on Tuesday will discuss policies to ensure the production of “critical minerals” such as lithium, cobalt, graphite, vanadium, nickel, manganese and copper. Despite the abundance of these minerals in Australia, there is no national strategy in place to maintain their supply.
“We need to develop a critical minerals work program which pulls together all jurisdictions and enhances existing state-based initiatives,” said Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan.
Also on the meeting’s agenda are the role of international corporations in the market, resources industry competitiveness, exploration, innovation and data, communities and workforce, and the gas supply strategy.