Gold ore mining is a well-established industry in Australia, and has undergone a period of growth over much of the past decade. In addition to price increases, this growth has stemmed from gold's status as a counter-cyclical commodity, meaning that it is viewed as a safe haven asset during times of national and global economic uncertainty. As a result, the onset of the global financial crisis and the recessionary environment that ensued provided a boost for the industry. Although world gold prices declined significantly in 2012-13 and 2013-14, the weak Australian dollar limited the declines for the industry.
Companies operating in the industry mine gold-bearing ore. Some firms also carry out beneficiation processes, which are basic, preliminary processes that gold ore is put through prior to smelting and refining. This can be done by flotation extraction methods. Some companies dredge for gold or rework tailings for gold.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.