What does Australia’s labour shortage mean for lithium expansions?

A labour shortage in Australia’s mining sector could hinder efforts to bring expanding or dormant battery raw material mining projects online to meet rising demand from the EV and energy storage supply chain.

The ongoing commodities price rally suggests demand for Australia’s natural resources – and raw materials for lithium ion batteries – is only set to grow.

However, Covid-19 border closures and limits on fly-in-fly-out employment (FIFO) due to interstate pandemic measures has left the Australian mining industry increasingly short of the skilled labour required to keep mines operating at full run rate. The shortages . . .

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