Mining is a very important industry for the Western Australian economy, with the most economically significant mining exports in 2010 being iron ore, gold, nickel and alumina (made from bauxite).

In terms of area, mining takes up only a small area of the State’s land. However, because of the nature of the activity and the processes used, mining can have a dramatic impact on the environment.

This fact sheet outlines the law which regulates mining activities in WA, and highlights opportunities for the community to have a say on future mining proposals and the environmental performance of existing mines. This fact sheet does not address the interaction between mining law and native title.