Coal in Australia
When coal was discovered in Australia in the late 18th century it immediately changed the country's future. It has become a vital national resource, provided strong economic and employment growth and contributed to both our history and our modern way of life.
In addition to providing Australian consumers with affordable electricity, coal underpins the international competitiveness of the entire Australian economy.
Black coal mining in Australia is an increasingly sophisticated, hi-tech activity. Continuous improvements in mining technology, occupational health and safety and environmental performance have ensured that Australia is the world's most efficient and reliable producer of high quality thermal and coking coals for the international market.
The coal industry is supported by a strong equipment and services sector. Australia has world-class expertise in design, construction and operation of mines, transport systems and loading facilities. It also has expertise in training, technical support and project management.
Photo by Robert Billington, courtesy of NSWMC