Critical Minerals Development Program

This program provides funding to help progress early to mid-stage critical minerals projects towards financing and production. Projects will target critical minerals as listed in Australia’s Critical Minerals Strategy.
This grant is currently closed to applications

What do you get?

From $1 million to $30 million of funding.

Who is this for?

Australian critical minerals industry entities and/or State or Territory government agencies who are undertaking projects that support Australia's Critical Minerals Strategy and long term sustainable growth.


The Critical Minerals Development Program provides funding for projects producing or planning to produce critical mineral(s) listed in Australia’s Critical Minerals Strategy. This includes activities undertaken post-exploration and before final investment decision. 

The program aims to support:

  • and lower risk associated with critical development activities 
  • global transition to net-zero emissions by 2050 through the development of Australia’s critical mineral resources
  • economic development and jobs in regional communities
  • workplace gender equality, opportunities for First Nations people, economic development and jobs in regional communities
  • long term sustainable growth in the Australian critical minerals sector. 

Information sessions

The Department of Industry, Science and Resources held program information sessions in January and February 2023. You can download the Questions and Answers from these information sessions, or access the video recording and transcript from an information session below: 


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Key documents

Grant opportunity guidelines

pdf · 0.59 MB docx · 0.39 MB

Sample application form

pdf · 0.52 MB docx · 0.11 MB

Sample grant agreement

pdf · 0.57 MB docx · 0.15 MB

CEO Board letter template

pdf · 0.08 MB docx · 0.04 MB

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