Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston have launched the Western Australian Future Battery Industry Strategy in an effort to grow WA into a world-leading exporter of future battery minerals, materials, technologies and expertise.
Increased demand for electric vehicles and energy storage systems has created a unique opportunity for Western Australia to become a central player in the global battery value chain.
The McGowan Government’s Future Battery Industry Ministerial Taskforce has engaged closely with government, industry, research organisations and the community to deliver this strategy that aims to unlock the state’s potential in this growing sector.
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One of the first initiatives of the strategy the McGowan Government will implement is the development and implementation of an investment attraction strategy – to further develop and strengthen relationships with investors and manufacturers in global battery and electric vehicle supply chains.
The McGowan Government will continue to facilitate the establishment of new future battery projects in WA – assisting and supporting projects through the approvals process.
The next steps for the Government include filling current and future skill gaps, and facilitating access to infrastructure and funding for technology SMEs.
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Other measures include exploring initiatives to increase the uptake of batteries across the State and globally. These include opportunities through assembly, installation and management of energy storage systems.
Additionally, the McGowan Government will commit $6 million if it is successful in its bid to host the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre in Perth.
Western Australia is the world’s largest producer of lithium and a leading producer of other battery metals including nickel, cobalt and rare earths.