Our story so far

Alcoa Australia has been operating in the south-west of Western Australia since 1963.

Our two bauxite mines (Huntly and Willowdale) and our three alumina refineries (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup) are among the world’s best operations of their kind and add considerable value to the national, state and local economy.

Our WA operations produce about 45% of Australia’s alumina and directly employ about 3,800 people. We value our place in the local communities where we operate and the value we add. In 2019, our WA operations:

  • Invested $1.5 billion with 840 Western Australian suppliers
  • Paid $616 million in wages, salaries and associated benefits
  • Paid $142 million in WA state and local taxes and royalties
  • Made $4.4 million in community contributions

Find out more about our WA operations here.

Environmental performance

Inherent to our values is the protection of the environment and our commitment to the highest standards of performance.

We acknowledge and respect the privilege of operating in an area of Western Australia characterised by jarrah forest, native flora and fauna, and waterways.

Over decades, we have acquired considerable expertise in operating sustainably and successfully in this unique ecosystem. We have worked collaboratively on key research, with government to develop a comprehensive reserve system in the northern jarrah forest, and with other land users to ensure we can continue to sustainably and successfully coexist.

To date, less than 4% of the jarrah forest in our bauxite mineral lease – or about 1% of the total jarrah forest in the south west – has been mined. Over the entire life of our WA operations, we expect to mine less than 8% of the jarrah forest in our mineral lease, or less than 3% of the total jarrah forest.

We do not mine in gazetted national parks, nature conservation reserves, old growth forest, or other areas of high conservation value.

Of the areas we have mined, 77% has been rehabilitated and this work is ongoing. We pride ourselves on a rehabilitation program acknowledged globally as leading practice and are proud that self-sustaining jarrah forest ecosystems now thrive where we once mined.

FAST FACTS

Mining footprint

  • <4% of jarrah forest in mineral lease mined to date
  • <8% of jarrah forest in mineral lease to be mined over life of operations

Environmental performance

  • 77% of mined area rehabilitated to date
  • First miner to achieve 100% plant species richness in rehabilitation