• Australia has the largest economic demonstrated resources of nickel in the world.
  • Australia is world’s fifth largest miner of nickel, with 10 percent of world production.
  • More than 80 per cent of nickel is used to make alloys including stainless steel.

Nickel is used in commercial applications, including batteries, health technology and household appliances and as an alloy in the manufacture of stainless and heat-resisting steels.

Demand for nickel is linked to steel consumption, urbanisation of developing countries, and battery usage.

Australia is a major producer of nickel ores and concentrates—all of which is produced in Western Australia, with the bulk coming from mines at Mt Keith, Murrin Murrin, and Nova. Mine output is largely exported to China.

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