The Federal Department of Industry, Science and Resources announced a major step forward in the Australia–India Critical Minerals Investment Partnership as it welcomed a ministerial delegation visit. 

The Critical Minerals Facilitation Office arranged the visit to give delegates the opportunity to build relationships and engage with Australia’s critical minerals operating environment.

The delegation includes India’s Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, the Honourable Shri Pralhad Joshi, and four other senior Indian Government representatives.\

The Australian Government allocated $5.8 million to the partnership in March 2022. The partnership aims to support Indian investment in Australian critical minerals projects and grow the sector.  

The delegates are meeting with six representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusTrade. They are engaging with state government agencies and critical mineral companies in Perth, Bunbury and Sydney. This includes site tours of:

  • Tianqi Lithium Kwinana processing facility
  • Greenbushes Lithium Mine
  • CSIRO Australian Resources Research Centre
  • Western Australian Geological Survey Core Library.

The visit is a significant achievement for the Critical Minerals Facilitation Office in advancing the partnership and broader Australia–India relationship.

Image courtesy of Department of Industry, Science and Resources: Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, the Honourable Shri Pralhad Joshi pictured with The Hon Madeleine King MP, Minister for Resources and Minister for Northern Australia, and other delegates

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