Terms of Reference

The committee will inquire into how the development of the mining sector can support businesses in regional economies.

The inquiry will consider questions including:

  • The appropriateness of the payment terms offered to businesses by the mining sector;
  • Best practices between the mining sector and businesses, especially in regards to how they can support regional communities and economies;
  • Barriers to the greater use of regional businesses in the procurement of services by the mining sector;
  • Building the skills and expertise of businesses to leverage opportunities in the mining sector;
  • Opportunities for businesses to diversify to other markets; including the mining industry in Australia and overseas, and across different industries;
  • The role of mining equipment, technology and services ( METS) organisations in R&D and innovation and how payment terms impact on companies' ability to invest in these areas;
  • How the Federal Government can support businesses in regional economies benefit from mining development;
  • How royalties are shared between landholders on gas fields and State and Territory Governments; and
  • Any other related matter.

When undertaking this Inquiry the Committee should have regard to:

  • How relationships between mining and businesses differ between jurisdictions and in overseas countries; and
  • The policies of State and Territory Governments in regards to mining procurement.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4114
Fax: 02 6277 2220

About this inquiry

The Committee will inquire into and report on how the mining sector can support businesses in regional economies. Refer to the terms of reference for further information.

Past Public Hearings

05 Nov 2018: Singleton
24 Oct 2018: Canberra
17 Oct 2018: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Submissions Closed

How to make a submission

The committee invites individuals and organisations to send in their opinions and proposals in writing (submissions)


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