Map of Australia showing location of Major Projects

Location of projects listed below.
Blue dots represent projects currently holding Major Project Status.
Locations and distances not to scale.

Current Major Project Status projects

The following are projects that currently hold Major Project Status and are being assisted by the MPFA in completing their major Commonwealth approvals. They are shown in the above map as blue dots.

Map legend Project name Project proponent Description1 State / Territory Major Project Status granted Major Project Status expires
1

Althea Medicinal Cannabis Facility

Althea Group Holdings Ltd

A vertically integrated medicinal cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility in Victoria. Althea plans to supply its customer base in Australia and the UK from the facility. Althea has developed Althea Concierge, an online customer portal as well as an online education portal, MEDIC, which provides free online educational services on medicinal cannabis to assist in its distribution network.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.150 billion and would create approximately 200 construction jobs and 150 ongoing jobs.

Althea Group Holdings Ltd

VIC

12 Dec 2019

12 Dec 2022

2

Ammaroo Phosphate Project

Verdant Minerals

The Ammaroo Phosphate project consists of two concurrent components: a phosphate rock and extraction open cut mine at the Ammaroo deposit and a beneficiation and chemical plant complex built on the Ammaroo mining leases. The project intends to export phosphoric acid to India, and targeted countries in south-east and north-east Asia through the Port of Darwin.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $1.5 billion and would create approximately 900 construction jobs and 250 ongoing jobs.

Verdant Minerals

NT

26 Oct 2020

26 Oct 2023

3

Asian Renewable Energy Hub

NW Interconnected Power Ltd

The Asian Renewable Energy Hub will be a green hydrogen and ammonia production facility. The project includes a 26 gigawatt hybrid wind and solar power plant that will produce at export scale, as well as supply industries in the Pilbara and Broome Region, creating new jobs and supporting economic growth over the next 50 years.

The project has a projected capital expenditure $53.6 billion and would create approximately 5,000 construction jobs and 3000 ongoing jobs.

NW Interconnected Power Ltd

WA

29 Sept 2020

29 Sept 2023

4

Australia Asia Power Link (AAPL)

Sun Cable Pty Ltd

The Australia Asia Power Link (AAPL) Project includes three components, a 10 gigawatt solar farm array built over 12,000 hectares in the Barkly region near Tennant Creek, battery storage facilities in Darwin and Singapore and a high voltage direct current transmission line between the solar farm and the Darwin Harbour. The project would link to Singapore’s electricity grid and have the potential to significantly expand the renewable energy and battery storage industries in Australia.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $30 billion and would create approximately 1,500 construction job and 350 ongoing jobs.

Sun Cable Pty Ltd

NT

14 July 2020

14 July 2023

5

Australian Vanadium Project

Australian Vanadium Ltd

Development of a new vanadium mine with on-site processing facilities for high grade vanadium pentoxide, located in mid-west Western Australia. The project will produce vanadium pentoxide for use in steel, specialty alloys and energy storage markets.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.502 billion and would create approximately 400 construction jobs and 200 ongoing jobs.

Australian Vanadium Ltd

WA

13 Aug 2019

13 Aug 2022

6

Battery Anode Material Facility

EcoGraf Ltd

The Battery Anode Material Facility will be a processing facility located in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area in south-west Western Australia to produce high purity spherical graphite for direct supply to battery anode manufacturers overseas. The Project will be developed in stages, with an ultimate production capacity of 20,000 tonnes per annum at full production.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.100 billion and would create approximately 250 construction jobs and 65 ongoing jobs.

EcoGraf Ltd

WA

23 Feb 2021

23 Feb 2024

7

Beyondie Sulphate of Potash Project

Kalium Lakes Ltd

The Beyondie Project will produce sulphate of potash, a high yield premium fertiliser. This involves brine extraction, evaporation and on-site processing. The project aims to be Australia's first commercial potash producer and with approximately half its output expected to be supplied to the domestic market, would contribute to the resilience and security of supply of domestic potash.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.266 billion and would create approximately 80 construction jobs and 50 ongoing jobs.

Kalium Lakes Ltd

WA

13 Aug 2019

13 Aug 2022

8 Broken Hill Cobalt Project Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited

The Broken Hill Cobalt Project will produce high purity cobalt sulphate from a large cobalt deposit located near Broken Hill, NSW. The cobalt sulphate will be exported for the use in the manufacture of lithium ion batteries globally. The project will also produce elemental sulphur which is a key ingredient in fertiliser production helping to reduce Australia’s dependence on fertiliser imports.

The Project has a projected capital expenditure of A$560 million and will support approximately 450 construction jobs and 410 ongoing jobs.

Cobalt Blue Holdings Limited

NSW 24 Feb 2022 24 Feb 2025
9

Finniss Lithium Project

Core Lithium

The Finniss Lithium Project 25km south-west of Darwin Port, Northern Territory will consist of an open pit and underground lithium deposit, and a dense media separation processing plant. The Project will be the first Lithium plant outside Western Australia and is expected to produce 175,000 tpa of spodumene concentrate over a minimum seven year mine life.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.73 billion and would create approximately 360 construction jobs and 250 ongoing jobs.

Core Lithium

NT

23 Feb 2021

23 Feb 2024

10

Goschen Zircon and Rare Earth Minerals Project

VHM Limited

The Goschen Zircon and Rare Earth Minerals Project will consist of a mine in Victoria and refinery in South Australia. The project will develop a combination of rare earth oxide products, mixed heavy rare earth carbonate concentrates, and zirconium and titanium minerals.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.85 billion supporting around 500 construction and 300 ongoing jobs.

VHM Limited

VIC

25 Mar 2021

25 Mar 2024

11  Hawsons Iron Project Hawsons Iron Limited 

The Hawsons Iron Limited project will establish a green field magnetite mine near Broken Hill, NSW, to produce high-grade magnetite concentrate for low-emissions steel manufacturing.

This project has received a renewal of Major Project Status (previously March 2018 – March 2021).

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $1.9 billion and will support approximately 1,200 construction jobs, and 500 ongoing jobs over the 20-year operating period. 

Hawsons Iron Limited

 NSW  7 April 2022  7 April 2025
12 High Purity Alumina Project FYI Resources Ltd

The project will develop and operate a processing plant located at Kwinana, Western Australia to produce high-purity alumina for use in growth tech applications. High purity alumina is sought after for its corrosion and scratch resistance and its ability to withstand extreme temperatures. FYI Resources’ Cadoux mine is being developed as part of this project and will provide kaolin feedstock to the processing plant.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.269 billion supporting around 200 construction and 140 ongoing jobs.

FYI Resources

WA

25 May 2021

25 May 2024

13

Hydroganics Medicinal Cannabis Facility

Hydroganics Pty Ltd

Hydroganics plan to develop a medicinal cannabis cultivation and processing facility. The project will consist of approximately 10 hectares of greenhouses attached to a 5000m² Good Manufacturing Practice certified automated head house where the plant material will be processed.

Hydroganics estimate that at full capacity the project will cultivate an estimated 3,630,000 plants per annum. Hydroganics plan to manufacture a range of cannabis oils to supply domestic and international markets.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.333 billion and 140 ongoing jobs.

QLD

04 Oct 2019

04 Oct 2022

14

Ichthys Gas Field Development

INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd

The Ichthys Gas Field Development project is commencing its Phase 2 which involves the installation of subsea infrastructure to support the drilling of 30 additional wells, modifications to the Central Processing Facility, Floating Production Storage and Offloading Facility, and onshore processing facilities in Darwin. Phase 1 of the project currently exports 8.9 million tonnes of LNG per-annum.

Phase 2 of the project has a projected capital expenditure of $14.2 billion, and, combined with phase one, is supporting approximately 1,800 jobs per year over the project’s 40 year life.

INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd

WA 11 Nov 2021 11 Nov 2024
15 Kalgoorlie Nickel Project Ardea Resources Limited

The Kalgoorlie Nickel Project will mine and process ore into high quality cobalt and nickel Mixed Hydroxide Precipitate for use in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries globally. This will support the production of a range of emerging clean energy technologies, including electric vehicles. The Project is located 75 km north of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder mining centre, within the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $1.165 billion, supporting approximately 1,500 construction jobs per annum during the 3 year construction period and 500 ongoing jobs per annum over the project’s 25 year operational period.

Ardea Resources Limited

WA 16 Mar 2022 16 Mar 2025
16

Kumpupintil Lake Brine and Sulphate of Potash Project

Reward Minerals Ltd

The Kumpupintil Lake Brine and Sulphate of Potash Project involves the construction and operation of a potash mine in Newman, Western Australia. The mine is expected to extract approximately 400,000 tpa of organically certifiable Sulphate of Potash (SOP) through a process of solar evaporation of brine obtained from the playa sediments of Lake Disappointment. SOP is a premium source of potassium fertiliser (also known as potash) used for higher quality agricultural products such as fruits, vegetables, grape-vines, potatoes and flowers.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.45 billion, supporting approximately 230 construction jobs and 200 ongoing jobs.

WA

25 May 2021

25 May 2024

17

LeafCann Group Biotech Development

LeafCann Group Pty Ltd

LeafCann is a vertically integrated biotech company that plans to produce high quality, pharmaceutical grade medicinal cannabis ingredients and medicines. LeafCann will build a state-of-the-art cultivation and Good Manufacturing Practice production facility with a forecast production capacity of up to 16.2 tonne per annum of whole plant extract.

The project will also include the development of cultivation facilities that will be leased to independent medicinal cannabis cultivators. LeafCann have established a Registered Training Organisation to provide training and qualifications to the medicinal cannabis industry.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.35 billion and would create approximately 850 construction jobs and 1400 full-time equivalent ongoing positions.

LeafCann Group Pty Ltd

SA

1 Dec 2019

1 Dec 2022

18

Mackay Potash Project

Agrimin Ltd

The Mackay Potash Project, located in regional Western Australia, near the East Pilbara town of Kiwirrkurra, is a project that will extract potash minerals from Lake Mackay. The project will involve extracting groundwater from the Lake and storing this saline water in solar evaporation ponds for the crystallisation of potash-bearing salts. The salts will be processed and refined into high purity, water soluble SOP fertiliser products to be exported out of Wyndham Port to world markets.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.545 billion, and created approximately 300 construction jobs and 200 ongoing jobs.

Agrimin Ltd

WA

2 May 2020

1 May 2023

19

Mardie Salt and Potash Project

BCI Minerals

The Mardie Salt and Potash Project, located 100km south-west of Karratha, is expected to produce more than 4 million tonnes of high purity salt and 100,000 tonnes of potash fertiliser a year. A new transhipment port within the Pilbara Port Authority controlled Cape Preston West Port area, adjacent to the Mardie project will enable exports from the facility.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.498 billion, and created approximately 450 construction jobs and 200 ongoing jobs.

BCI Minerals

WA

14 July 2020

14 July 2023

20

Medibis Medicinal Cannabis Facility

Medibis Pty Ltd

Medibis are developing a high-tech and vertically integrated medicinal cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility in Toowoomba, Queensland. Medibis will produce highest-grade, medicinal cannabis (raw flower), as well as associated refined extracts and medicinal products for applications in the healthcare industry.

All processes will be compliant with Good Agricultural and Collection Practice (GACP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP). Medibis will supply thousands of Australian patients through established domestic licensed providers, and will also contribute substantial export volumes to the global industry. Medibis has already established a strong international research alliance, and will provide support for approved prescribers and clinics to enhance understanding of medicinal cannabis.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.187 billion and would create approximately 386 ongoing jobs.

Medibis Pty Ltd

QLD

14 July 2020

14 July 2023

21

Mount Peake Vanadium-Titanium-Iron Project

TNG Ltd

The Mount Peake Vanadium-Titanium-Iron Project will include a mining operation, beneficiation plant and a downstream processing facility north of Alice Springs. Forecast production of 100ktpa of titanium pigment (for paints and coatings), 6ktpa of vanadium pentoxide (for steel strengthening, alloys and vanadium redox batteries) and 500ktpa of iron oxide (for steel).

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.824 billion and would create approximately 1,600 construction jobs and 1,000 ongoing jobs.

TNG Ltd

NT

23 Feb 2021

23 Feb 2024

22

Mount Weld Rare Earths Processing Facility

Lynas Corporation Ltd

Mount Weld Rare Earths Processing Facility in Western Australia allows for the separation of rare earth elements from the Mount Weld Mine, which are essential elements in the development of wind turbines and electric vehicles. The project aligns with the Australian Government’s Critical Minerals Strategy.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.400 billion, and will create approximately 500 construction jobs and 100 ongoing jobs.

Lynas Corporation Ltd

WA

12 Dec 2019

12 Dec 2022

23

Nolans Rare Earths Project

Arafura Resources Ltd

The Nolans Project, located 135km north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, is one of the world’s largest deposits of the rare earths Neodymium and Praseodymium (NdPr), which are essential ingredients in ultra-strong permanent magnets. Arafura plans to mine, concentrate and chemically process NdPr for use in the automotive, clean energy technology and electronic sectors. The operation also plans to produce phosphoric acid for the fertiliser industry.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $1.2 billion and would create approximately 600 construction jobs and 280 ongoing jobs.

Arafura Resources Ltd

NT

17 July 2020

17 July 2023

24 Project Haber Strike Energy

Project Haber, located near Geraldton in Western Australia’s Mid-West Region, will produce up to 1.4 million tonnes per annum of urea for use in domestic and international fertiliser production. Natural gas and green hydrogen will be used in the manufacturing process.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $3 billion and would support 1,135 jobs each year during the three-year construction phase and 200 ongoing jobs.

Strike Energy

WA 28 Jan 2022 28 Jan 2025
25   Project Koete 

Fibre Expressway Pty Ltd 

 

Project Koete will establish three Tier IV data centre platforms in Perth, Dampier and Darwin to support digital connectivity for both industry and community across regional and remote Western Australia and the Northern Territory, and provide safe and scalable back-up data hubs for global multi-national corporations with operations in Asia-Pacific region. The data centres will be connected via an 11,000km subsea telecommunications cable system comprising 16 fibre pairs that will provide domestic connectivity between Perth and Darwin and internationally connectivity (via Darwin) with landings in Jakarta, Singapore and Malaysia and international connectivity between Singapore and the West Coast of America. 

This project has received a renewal of Major Project Status (previously March 2017 – March 2020). The project has a projected capital expenditure of $2.0 billion and will support approximately 3,000 jobs during a five-year construction period, and 1,000 ongoing jobs over the 20-year project life. 

Fibre Expressway Pty Ltd 

 WA/NT  4 April 2022 4 April 2025
26

Saint Elmo Vanadium Project

Multicom Resources Ltd

The Saint Elmo Vanadium Project is an open cut shallow mine in north-west Queensland with associated processing facilities for vanadium pentoxide. Vanadium’s key applications are in steel, speciality alloys and batteries.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.399 billion and would create approximately 200 construction jobs and 150 ongoing jobs.

Multicom Resources Ltd

QLD

28 Nov 2019

28 Nov 2022

27

Sandy Ridge Kaolin Mine and Storage Facility

Tellus Holdings Pty Ltd

The Sandy Ridge project, located approximately 240km northwest of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, will extract Kaolin clay mainly for the southeast Asian export market for use in ceramics. The resulting voids will then be utilised for the permanent isolation of difficult to manage waste materials (known as Controlled Wastes in WA) and low level radioactive wastes (e.g., smoke detectors) in the tectonically stable clay bed.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.087 billion and would create approximately 80 construction jobs and 50 ongoing jobs.

Tellus Holdings Pty Ltd

WA

10 Dec 2020

10 Dec 2023

28 

Shepparton Medicinal Cannabis Facility

Cannatrek Ltd

Shepparton Medicinal Cannabis Facility is a medicinal cannabis cultivation and manufacturing in Victoria.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.016 billion and would create approximately 400 construction jobs and 200 full-time equivalent positions.

Cannatrek Ltd

VIC

11 Dec 2019

11 Dec 2022

29 Siviour Integrated Purified Spherical Graphite Manufacturing Facility Renascor Resources Ltd

The Siviour Integrated Purified Spherical Graphite Manufacturing Facility is an integrated graphite and battery anode material operation. The mine and concentrator is located in the Eyre Peninsula and the downstream purified spherical graphite (PSG) manufacturing facility in Port Adelaide. The Project will contribute to the global battery industry and electric vehicle markets. 

The Project has a projected capital expenditure of $0.209 billion and will support 100 construction jobs and 190 ongoing jobs.

Renascor Resources Ltd

 SA  8 Sep 2021 8 Sep 2024
30

Small Scale FLNG Vessel Deployment Project

Transborders Energy

The Small Scale Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) Vessel Deployment Project will develop a small scale FLNG vessel to enable the commercialisation of discovered but stranded offshore gas resources in Australia and overseas. Upon successful validation of the initial FLNG vessel, Transborders Energy plan to develop multiple vessels that can be used across stranded gas resources.

The vessel will have a liquefied natural gas (LNG) production capacity of approximately 1.5 million tonnes per annum.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $4.07 billion and will support approximately 150 construction jobs and 100 ongoing jobs.

Transborders Energy

WA

2 June 2021

2 June 2024

31

Sunrise Battery Materials Complex Project

Sunrise Energy Metals Limited

Sunrise Battery Materials Complex Project, located near Parkes in New South Wales, will mine nickel and cobalt to produce high-purity sulphates for the rapidly expanding lithium-ion battery market along with the rare alloying metal, scandium. The project will produce 25,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) of nickel and 7000 tpa cobalt as high-purity sulphates for direct supply to battery manufacturers in Asia, Europe and America.

The project has a projected capital expenditure of $2.4 billion and will support approximately 1,700 construction jobs and 380 ongoing jobs.

Sunrise Energy Metals Limited

NSW 11 Nov 2021 11 Nov 2024

 

1Projected capital expenditure, construction jobs and ongoing jobs figures provided by project proponents.