The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) is the peak industry association representing companies with interests in the South Australian minerals, energy, extractives, and oil & gas sectors, including those who provide services to these companies.
Minerals are South Australia's largest export group; oil & gas has a 50 year history in SA, contributing significantly to the State's economy and jobs. SACOME has grown hand-in-hand with SA's resources industry for almost forty years, supporting its growth in a sustainable manner alongside SA's other valuable industries.
SACOME was founded in 1979. We are a small, dedicated team serving the needs of approximately 200 member organisations. We are governed by a Council that oversees organisational priorities and policy direction and are guided by a number of Committees that focus on specific aspects of the sector.
SACOME positions itself front and centre on the issues that will not only deliver a profitable and sustainable resources sector, but drive growth and productivity to the SA economy. There is a need to continually evolve and innovate as the sector faces new challenges and opportunities. SACOME values the relationships with all members, stakeholders and the community, and understands the importance of collaborating to achieve growth and realise benefits.
Find out more about SACOME's 2024 Vision.
History of SACOME | Over 40 Years
The resources sector is at an important point in its history.
Our sector was born in 1840 when silver and copper were discovered in South Australia and since then, we have benefited from a long history of investment, strong commodity demand and new technology which have helped to create a strong and resilient industry.
From the bronze age, through industrialisation and into the technology revolution, our sector has not only underpinned innovation, it has fuelled it. The resources sector provides the materials that are allowing the world to push the boundaries of science.
Today, the resources sector earns more export income for Australia than all other industries combined and generates more than half of our country's total exports. Closer to home, in South Australia the resources sector underpins the State's economy and contributes to 50 percent of the State's exports, helping to fund our schools, hospitals and roads.
Resources companies in South Australia employ over 26,000 people directly and indirectly in highly paid, highly skilled jobs. Our workforce earns wages that are 64 percent higher than the average for all other industries.
In 2019 SACOME launched the 2024Vision which is the culmination of strategic planning undertaken by South Australia's most prominent resource sector leaders - SACOME's Council. It aims to map a path forward for the sector.
The 2024Vision builds on SACOME's rich 40 year history, the highlights of which are summarised in a timeline.
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