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WA ranks as world’s No.1 investment destination


Bill Marmion Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Housing

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

• Western Australia is world’s most attractive investment destination
• State’s Mining Rehabilitation Fund policy gets tick of approval
• WA outranks other Australian States in global survey

Western Australia’s resources sector has been identified in the Fraser Institute Survey of Mining Companies 2013 as the world’s top-rated jurisdiction for investment attractiveness. With a score of 85.3 out of a possible 100 in the survey’s Investment Attractiveness Index, WA ranked number one in the world over Nevada (84.2) and Newfoundland and Labrador (81.3).

Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the survey results were very pleasing. “These positive results reinforce that WA has what it takes to be globally competitive, but we know our work is far from done and it is important not to be complacent,” Mr Marmion said.

“Increasing competition for global capital means that without the right policies, companies will simply look elsewhere to develop resource projects. For this reason I am particularly pleased to see comments by an exploration company president identifying the State’s new Mining Rehabilitation Fund as ‘exemplary policy’. The State also received encouraging comments in regard to managing native title approvals.”

WA also ranked second in the world in the Best Practices Mineral Potential Index and sixth in the Policy Perception Index (PPI). These two categories combined create the overall Investment Attractiveness Index category.The Minister said it was reassuring to see WA climb into the top-10 overall ranking from 15th in 2012-13.

The Best Practices Mineral Potential Index ranks a region’s mineral potential with exploration investment potential, independent of policy restrictions. In this category WA and Nevada (0.82) were equal second to Alaska (0.83). Other closest ranked Australian jurisdictions in this category included Queensland, 18th in the world (0.73) and Northern Territory, 24th (0.70).

In the Policy Perception Index South Australia ranked 11th in the world (82.9) and Northern Territory was 13th (81.8), while in the Investment Attractiveness Index, Northern Territory was ranked 17th with 74.7 out of a possible 100, followed by South Australia, 20 (73.8) and Queensland, 21 (73.5).

“WA has a dynamic, world class resources industry which underpins the State and national economies and as Minister for Mines and Petroleum I intend to ensure it remains that way,” Mr Marmion said.

Fact File

• The Fraser Institute annual Survey of Mining Companies 2013 (PDF) 
• The Fraser Institute survey aims to assess how mineral endowment and public policy factors affect exploration investment