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Coal: Australia's Most Valuable Resource



September 5, 2018 - The coal industry brings $47 billion into the Australian economy every year.

It employs 80,000 people across the country with most mines located in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Australia is the world's third-largest producer of coal, after China and the US.

As a country, Australia produces approximately 68 million tonnes of brown coal every year.

If Australia were to cease production of its coal there would be a significant increase in world prices.


Australian coal is typically of high quality - it is high-energy and has low-ash content, making it suitable for modern high-efficiency, low-emissions coal-based power generation technologies.