Australian Coal Association (ACA) to integrate into the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA)

Statement from Andrew Michelmore, Chairman – Minerals Council of Australia and Ross Willims, Chairman – Australian Coal Association:

Representation of the mining industry nationally is to be streamlined through the integration of the Australian Coal Association (ACA) with the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).

The decision to integrate the two organisations has been taken by member companies to ensure the industry is well positioned for the future. The move will enhance the minerals industry’s representation through a strong and united voice for the minerals sector on national policy.

The integrated entity will ensure the mining industry has a clear voice in national policy debates on the economy, climate change management, energy, low emissions technologies, regulatory reform and project approvals.

The ACA has had a long standing collaborative relationship with the MCA and the decision to integrate the two bodies will build on that partnership for the benefit of the mining industry.

The MCA Secretariat will be expanded to ensure the coal industry is well represented. This will include the transfer of some staff to the MCA.

Ross Willims, Chairman of the Australian Coal Association, paid tribute to the outgoing ACA CEO Dr Nikki Williams and the ACA team.

“Nikki brought great passion, commitment and drive, together with deep experience, to the ACA role and is thanked for her service to this critical industry. Nikki’s advocacy skills have delivered on an important strategic agenda for the industry and is leaving with our best wishes for the future” Mr Willims said.

The ACA’s Coal 21 Fund (ACALET) will remain a separate company and will continue to drive the coal industry’s practical commitment to the development of low emissions technology.
The integration is expected to be completed before the end of the year.


The Australian Business Executive (The ABE) provides an in-depth view of business and economic development issues taking place across the country. Featuring interviews with top executives, government policy makers and prominent industry bodies The ABE examines the news beyond the headlines to uncover the drivers of local, state, and national affairs.

All copy appearing in The Australian Business Executive is copyrighted. Reproduction in whole or part is not permitted without written permission. Any financial advice published in The Australian Business Executive or on has been prepared without taking in to account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any reader. Neither The Australian Business Executive nor the publisher nor any of its employees hold any responsibility for any losses and or injury incurred (if any) by acting on information provided in this magazine. All opinions expressed are held solely by the contributors and are not endorsed by The Australian Business Executive or

All reasonable care is taken to ensure truth and accuracy, but neither the editor nor the publisher can be held responsible for errors or omissions in articles, advertising, photographs or illustrations. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome but cannot be returned without a stamped, self-addressed envelope. The publisher is not responsible for material submitted for consideration. The ABE is published by Romulus Rising Pty Ltd, ABN: 77 601 723 111.


© 2023 - The Australian Business Executive. All rights reserved. A division of Romulus Rising Pty Ltd, an Australian media company (