The State Government’s Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy for Western Australia

Over the recent years, there has been a rapid increase in the global demand for battery materials and technology, representing a significant opportunity for Western Australia.

Battery minerals, such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, vanadium and graphite are basic source minerals for these new battery technology systems. Western Australia is currently the global leader in lithium production and is also home to the fourth largest vanadium and manganese resource, the second largest reserves of cobalt and the largest nickel resources.

Western Australia's natural endowment of battery minerals combined with our technical skills, industry capabilities and close proximity to the manufacturing centres in Asia, make our State ideally placed to capitalise on the growing needs of the global battery market.  

Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy

On 24 May 2018, the State Government announced the establishment of a ministerial taskforce to capitalise on the State's potential to produce and process lithium and other energy materials.

The taskforce will oversee the development of a Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy that builds upon Western Australia’s competitive advantages to create a sustainable, world-leading energy materials industry that diversifies the state’s economy, creates jobs and maximises benefits to the local community.

The taskforce is chaired by the Minister for Mines and Petroleum and will be informed by industry stakeholder engagement.

Statement of Intent - Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy

Lithium and Energy Material Industry Consortium

The Western Australian Government is committed to working with industry, the community and research organisations to develop a strategy that creates a world-leading energy materials industry that delivers long term benefits to Western Australians.

The Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Consortium, to be held on 19 July 2018, will provide an opportunity for industry and research representatives to play a part in the development of the State Government’s Strategy and identify how we can grow WA’s potential in lithium and energy materials across the entire battery materials value chain.

The Minister for Mines and Petroleum, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA is keen to hear views from every stage of the battery materials value chain and has invited a wide range of local and international industry representatives and stakeholders to this half day event.

Speakers at the event include the Minister for Mines and Petroleum, WA Chief Scientist Peter Klinken, and an industry analyst.

Event attendees will then have the opportunity to share their perspective in a facilitated workshop on the following topics:

  • Exploration and Mining
  • Processing, Manufacturing and Recycling
  • Consumer Driven Demand for New Technologies

The purpose of this event is to enable the State Government to gain a more diverse understanding of how we can develop and add value to the energy materials industry in Western Australia. 

More information and enquiries
The State Government welcomes all comments, enquiries or submissions on the Lithium and Energy Materials Industry Strategy. Please email the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation at