Australia

Mining on agenda at ministers' meeting

Minister Matt Canavan says the inaugural COAG of Resources meeting will discuss critical minerals. (AAP)

Securing the supply of minerals used in technologies from mobile phones to batteries will be the focus of mining ministers at the COAG of Resources meeting.

Mining ministers will meet in Adelaide to discuss ways to boost the supply of minerals used in technologies such as mobile phones and batteries.

Australia has an abundance of "critical minerals", including lithium, cobalt, graphite, vanadium, nickel, manganese and copper.

But there is no national strategy to ensure their production, which is becoming increasingly important with the wider use of mobile phones, electric cars and battery storage.

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan said the inaugural COAG of Resources meeting on Tuesday would discuss critical minerals.

"We need to develop a critical minerals work program which pulls together all jurisdictions and enhances existing state-based initiatives," Senator Canavan said.

"For example, the work program could focus on the exploration and development of deposits which straddle state and territory borders, as well as developing new supply chain opportunities."

There are also fears large international corporations are buying up deposits of critical minerals, which poses a global strategic risk.

The meeting will also discuss resources industry competitiveness, exploration, innovation and data, communities and workforce, and the gas supply strategy.

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