Supporting critical minerals projects

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Supporting Australian critical minerals projects

We provide financial expertise and solutions to support Australian businesses across a variety of industries, including critical minerals.

Critical Minerals

The Australian Government has directed us to place a greater focus on critical minerals projects and related infrastructure to diversify critical mineral supply chains and further up the value chain to downstream processing.


For us to support a critical minerals project, it must meet the following criteria:

  • The mineral is identified in Australia’s critical minerals strategy
  • The extraction and/or processing of the minerals in Australia are for export
  • A comprehensive feasibility study has been completed
  • The buyer is committed to purchase project’s production
  • The project proponents have the necessary financial, technical and commercial capacity

How to access the Defence Export Facility

Where a resource project (and related infrastructure) involves critical minerals important to defence end use, and is otherwise in Australia’s national interest, finance may be available through the Government’s Defence Export Facility, which we administer.

How we work with other financiers

We work alongside other Commonwealth financing bodies where mandates overlap. For critical minerals this can include working with the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

Want to know more about critical minerals?

Read the Minerals Council of Australia’s Investor Series publication
Critical Minerals: Investment opportunities in Australia.