United States

The United States (US) is an important trading partner and investor for Australia. While the US is not a major export destination for Australia’s resources it plays a vital role in investing in our resources sector. This began as early as the 1950s, when North American banks invested in the Pilbara’s ports and rails, which opened up the region’s iron ore operations to world trade. Major US mining, oil and gas companies such Anglo American, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Peabody and Conoco Phillips have significant investment in Australian assets and operations.

Australia-USA trade and investment agreements

How is the department involved?

The department and Minister Counsellor based in Washington play an active role in:

  • Communicating with our US counterparts, and industry on relevant policies and initiatives on energy and minerals resources
  • Engaging and building relationships with the US to promote resources trade and investment.

Related Pages

More information

Australia-USA bilateral forums

Relevant government agencies and research institutes


Email: bilaterals@industry.gov.au.

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