Alcoa in Australia
Alcoa of Australia Limited (Alcoa) is owned 60 per cent by Alcoa Corporation and 40 per cent by Alumina Limited.
The Australian operations represent one of the world’s largest integrated bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminium smelting systems and add value to Australia’s local, state and national economies at every stage.
Alcoa's operations support approximately 4,370 direct jobs, predominantly in regional Australia. Operations include:
- Two bauxite mines in Western Australia (Huntly and Willowdale)
- Three alumina refineries in Western Australia (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup)
- One aluminium smelter in Victoria (Portland)
- Two dedicated port facilities in Western Australia (Kwinana and Bunbury)
- Two Alcoa Farmlands sites in Western Australia (Pinjarra and Wagerup)
What we produce
The aluminium production process starts at our Huntly and Willowdale bauxite mines in the Darling Range south of Perth in Western Australia. Huntly is the world’s second largest bauxite mine and together with Willowdale supplies bauxite to Alcoa’s three Australian alumina refineries at Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup. The refineries extract alumina from the bauxite with the majority exported to global customers and a small amount shipped to Alcoa's Victorian smelter.
Portland Aluminium Smelter in Portland, Victoria, smelts alumina into aluminium ingots. Portland Aluminium is a joint venture between Alcoa of Australia Limited (45%), Eastern Aluminium Portland Pty Ltd (10%) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Alcoa of Australia), CITIC Nominees Pty Ltd (22.5%) and Marubeni Aluminium Australia Pty Ltd (22.5%). Alcoa manages day to day operations at the smelter.
Each year Alcoa mines approximately 37 million dry metric tonnes of bauxite, refines approximately 9 million tonnes of alumina and produces approximately 300,000 tonnes of aluminium.
Alcoa produces almost 45 per cent of Australia’s alumina and approximately 19 per cent of Australia’s aluminium. Our alumina production in Western Australia accounts for approximately seven per cent of total world production.
Contributing to the Australian economy
Alcoa has been investing in Australia for 58 years. In 2020, 83 per cent of Alcoa Australia’s total revenue stayed in Australia through wages, local purchasing, taxes, royalty and dividends to Australian shareholders. In 2020 our Australian operations invested $2.2 billion with more than 1340 Australian suppliers; paid more than $340 million in State, Federal and Local government taxes and royalties; paid $706 million in Australian wages, salaries and associated benefits; and made $4.6 million in community contributions. We are also one of Australia’s leading exporters, contributing around $4 billion in exports each year.
Celebrated community commitment
In Australia each year we invest millions of dollars in a wide variety of community programs. We also dedicate thousands of hours in people time and invaluable in-kind support which is supported by the Alcoa Foundation.
Our investment is driven by a commitment to sustainable development and a desire to support reputable non-profit and community based organisations to deliver long-term community benefits.
Committed to reconciliation
Alcoa has worked collaboratively alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for more than half-a-century. In 2020, we launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan to guide our efforts to build meaningful outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the company.
Wherever we operate in Australia, we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands and pay respects to their elders, past, present and emerging. Learn more about our employment participation, education and relationship development commitments in our Reconciliation Action Plan.
Leader in environmental management
Alcoa is a recognised world leader in mine site rehabilitation (view video to learn more). We are the recipient of the prestigious Society for Ecological Restoration International Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Ecological Restoration (2003) and were recognised by the United Nations Environmental Program and placed on the Global 500 Roll of Honour (1990).
Alcoa constantly strives to meet and exceed corporate and community expectations relating to health, safety and environmental management. Learn more about our sustainability commitments.