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South Australia is leading the charge to secure steelmaking’s future in Australia with a Steel Task Force to work with GFG Alliance to create a globally competitive and sustainable industry.

Blast furnace at WhyallaThe Steel Task Force was brought together in November 2015 to coordinate action across government to give Whyalla’s mining, smelting and manufacturing operations every chance to thrive.

The high-powered Task Force is led by South Australian corporate director Bruce Carter, who was part of a team that secured Port Pirie’s future through an agreement with Nyrstar. The Office of the Industry Advocate has also worked with the Task Force and industry to design initiatives that ensure local steelmakers and fabricators can compete fairly for State Government contracts.

The Task Force regularly liaises with the Commonwealth Government to discuss options to facilitate the transformation of the Whyalla business following its acquisition from administration in 2017 by UK-based GFG Alliance.

The State Government has already:

  • extended until 2025, the environmental authorisation provided to operate the Whyalla Steelworks, to provide the regulatory certainty required to invest in the future of the South Australian operations
  • waived royalties on magnetite used to feed the Whyalla Steelworks.

The State Government continues to work with the GFG Alliance:

  • toward creating a major multi-user port at Whyalla and generating new investment opportunities in the Upper Spencer Gulf
  • to facilitate the transformation of the Whyalla businesses.

As a result of the Task Force’s early work with the Office of the Industry Advocate on the South Australian Steel Initiative, all State Government projects are required to use steel which meets Australian Standards and certification, giving the local steel industry a competitive advantage against lower quality imports.