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This conference paper was originally published as Allonby, P, Use of contractors for mining operations, in Aziz, N (ed), Coal 1998: Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 1998, 254-257.


Contract mining is an integral part of the underground and surface hard rock mining industry in all states of Australia. Contract mining is now makes a major contribution to the opencut coal industry in Queensland and New South Wales with Thiess alone producing over 16 million tonnes per annum with safety performances that most coal companies would be proud of. Contract mining is now attracting interest in the underground coal sector .