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.

We are also driving prosperity and economic growth in regional Australia, and North West NSW in particular, which 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 and safe, efficient and environmentally responsible operations.

We are proudly local, and around 75% of our 2,400-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 exposure on the ASX.

Our principles

Our principles represent how we work and guide our interactions internally and with external stakeholders.  


We endeavour to ensure the safety of our employees, contractors and communities.


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.

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

Creating social and economic value in the communities in which we operate is critical to our success.

We are 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 2,400-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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