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It is proposed the Government will spend $200 million over the Budget and forward estimates on engineering design works, capital equipment and operating costs to establish a Critical Minerals Advanced Processing Common-User Facility (CMAP) co-funded with the Commonwealth on a 50:50 basis. The State’s contribution of $100 million is funded from additional Mining Tenement Rental revenue and is conditional upon the Commonwealth confirming its $100 million matching contribution to the CMAP.

The CMAP will focus on upstream (recycling of mining waste and tailings) and midstream (minerals processing activities, high purity metal refining and advanced material manufacturing) activities, with the aim of providing common use pilot plant equipment to support the growth and diversification of Western Australia’s resources and related industries and creating a critical mass in research and training. It will also provide space, capital equipment and knowledge/personnel required to stimulate a pipeline of new entrants into the midstream critical mineral processing industry and build capacity in Western Australia.

A business case on the CMAP proposal conducted by Ernst & Young was supported by industry and other stakeholders, which was a driver for consideration in the Western Australian Government’s 2024-25 Budget.

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Page was last reviewed 9 May 2024

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