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Minerals and fuels

Minerals and fuels were Australia's largest export, accounting for over 42
per cent of our total exports, and worth $133.3 billion in 2015.

Australia's Minerals and Fuels Exports 2005 to 2015

A chart listing Australia's minerals and fuels exports from 2005 to 2015. The chart shows an overall increase in the value of Australia's minerals and fuels exports from under 80 million in 2005 to over 120 million in 2015, a slight decrease on 2014 figures.

Based on ABS catalogues 5302.0 & 5368.0.

Australia's Top 20 Minerals and Fuels Exports 2015

Rank Commodity(a)(b) A$ million % share % change
1 Iron ores & concentrates 49,100 36.8 -25.6
2 Coal 37,034 27.8 -2.5
3 Natural gas 16,446 12.3 -7.3
4 Aluminium ores & conc (incl alumina) 7,493 5.6 18.2
5 Crude petroleum 6,005 4.5 -43.2
6 Copper ores & concentrates 4,813 3.6 -10.2
7 Other ores & concentrates(c) 4,437 3.3 -3.4
8 Refined petroleum 2,062 1.5 -26.5
9 Precious metal ores & conc (excl gold) 1,503 1.1 20.2
10 Non-ferrous waste & scrap 1,037 0.8 5.7
11 Nickel ores & concentrates 767 0.6 -18.4
12 Ferrous waste & scrap 705 0.5 -27.6
13 Liquefied propane & butane 605 0.5 -48.3
14 Crude minerals, nes 385 0.3 19.4
15 Stone, sand & gravel 117 0.1 333.7
16 Natural abrasives 84 0.1 6.1
17 Coke & semi-coke 76 0.1 -60.5
18 Residual petroleum products 16 0.0 -46.5
19 Crude fertilisers 9 0.0 19.4
20 Uranium or thorium ores & concentrates 2 0.0 110.7
Total minerals & fuels exports(d) 133,285 -15.2

(a) Recorded trade basis.
(b) Excludes confidential items of trade.
(c) Mainly zinc ores & concentrates, manganese ores & concentrates and lead ores & concentrates.
(d) Total minerals and fuels exports on a balance of payments basis.
Based on ABS trade data on DFAT STARS database and ABS catalogues 5302.0 & 5368.0.

Last Updated: 25 August 2017
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