Whitehaven Coal is proud to be the leading Australian producer of premium-quality coal

We are the dominant player in Australia’s only emerging high-quality coal basin. We help power developed and emerging economies in Asia where there is strong and growing demand for our product, particularly for use in high-efficiency, low-emissions coal-fired power stations.

Our purpose as a company is to support and sustain regional communities by exporting high-quality thermal and metallurgical coal from Australia to the world. North West NSW is the focus of our capital investment and workforce presence.

We operate four mines (three open-cut and one large underground mine) in the Gunnedah Coal Basin of NSW. Our operating assets are complemented by two high-quality, near-term development assets, being Vickery, near Gunnedah, and Winchester South, in Queensland’s Bowen Basin. Over our almost 20-year history, including 12 years as a publicly-listed entity on the Australian Securities Exchange, we have developed a growing reputation for excellence in project delivery, safe operation, and targeted investment in the local economy and community.

We are proudly local, and around 75% of our 2,500-strong workforce lives in the local communities around our mine sites. We believe in helping communities grow, ensuring benefits flowing from our operations are seen and felt locally.

Our purpose

To support and sustain regional communities by exporting high-quality thermal and metallurgical coal from Australia to the world.

Our vision

To be the benchmark coal investment on the ASX.

Our principles

Our STRIVE principles guide our interactions internally and with external stakeholders.


The safety of our people, workplaces and the communities around us comes first. We are committed to Zero Harm.


We work collaboratively and support one another.


We foster a diverse and inclusive culture and deal with all stakeholders respectfully.


We are honest and do the right thing.


We create value for shareholders, customers and local communities.


We deliver on our commitments.

Our strategy

Our vision is to be the benchmark coal investment on the ASX.

Our strategy is to own and operate large, lower-cost mines producing a mix of high-CV thermal coal and premium semi-soft coking coal, and to increase our share of the growing market for these products in our region.

We produce a premium coal thermal product – high-energy, low-ash, low-sulphur – used in high-efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coalfired power stations. In addition, we are rebalancing our portfolio by increasing our production volumes of metallurgical coal in response to global demand.

As our smaller mines reach their end-of-life, we are transitioning towards a portfolio of large scale, long-life assets to build greater efficiencies and productivity gains. This transition is supported by Whitehaven having one of the most robust mine development pipelines in Australia. Further gains will be realised through our investment in technologically advanced equipment for large-scale operations.

We are committed to skills development and building a high-performance culture.

In maintaining a high-quality, large scale, cost-efficient and long-life asset base, we are able to manage fluctuations in the commodities price cycle. We aim to remain lowly geared as this allows us to stay nimble.

In our decision making, we ask ourselves: Does this decision strengthen our sustainability by (i) building a strong, long-life business, (ii) operating responsibly, (iii) supporting regional growth?

We aim to have free-flowing and transparent lines of communications with stakeholders.

Our customers

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High-quality coal

Coal has been the fastest growing energy source over the last ten years and global demand continues to rise, especially in South East Asia.

Our coal helps power regional economies through its contribution to energy generation and steel production and is highly sought-after for its unique properties, including the fact it delivers among the lowest carbon emissions per tonne of coal consumed in the seaborne trade.

How we operate

Supporting communities

We prioritise creating social and economic value in the communities in which we operate.

We’re proud of our origins in the NSW Gunnedah Basin and of the strong, community-based, partnerships we have established over two decades of continuous operation.

We are proud to be the largest employer in North West NSW, with 75% of our approximately 2,500-strong workforce living permanently in the communities around our operations.

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Indigenous engagement

We work in partnership with Indigenous people connected to the land where we operate to address disadvantage.

Our Indigenous Employment Strategy in particular continues to help transform and empower the lives of local Indigenous men and women through meaningful and well-paid work, and has been recognised by the NSW Minerals Council as ‘best in class.’

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We are committed to safe, responsible and sustainable environmental management across all aspects of our operations.

Our approach to environmental management focuses on avoiding environmental impacts where possible, mitigating unavoidable impacts, rehabilitating or restoring disturbed areas, and offsetting to compensate for any significant residual adverse impacts that cannot be otherwise avoided, minimised or rehabilitated.

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