Mineral Policy Institute

MPI General Appeal

The Mineral Policy Institute [MPI] is an Australian based, international civil society organisation with a volunteer board representing members from across the world. We focus on assisting communities affected by specific mining projects and on achieving industry reform through improvements to policy, law and practice.

The value that MPI contributes as a industry specific NGO is that we can work on issues across sites and countries and engage over the long-term. While MPI works with and supports individual communities, we also focus on national and industry wide change here in Australia and overseas.

While mining disproportionately impacts the developing world, the decisions that govern these projects are made and need to be influenced in the developed world. With a strong emphasis on informed consent, MPI undertakes a supportive and background role to assist mining affected communities protect their rights and reduce negative impacts from mining. MPI has the expertise, the experience and the networks to assist communities and to access the many mining companies based in Australia [also US, UK, South Africa and Canada] and their investors from around world.

MPI is guided by a vision of a just and sustainable mineral cycle where human rights are protected, impacts dramatically reduced and mineral/fuel efficiency and reuse is paramount. While we believe that minerals/fuel are central to the quality of human life today, the benefits of the current minerals systems are greatly skewed to a relatively small global elite. MPI plays a key role in addressing this paradox... to increase the equitable distribution of the benefits while decreasing the social injustices and environmental impacts of the mineral/fuel system.

As an industry watchdog, we rely on community funding to ensure our independence from industry. Seeking to improve and influence an industry that plans in decades, we require funding to progress and achieve long-term strategic goals and to assist communities who are impacted by mining today, tomorrow and in the future.

How will these funds be used?

Donated funds will enable MPI's ongoing support of communities defending their environments, their livelihoods and rights across the globe. Your donation will enable activities including; independent research, education and the support of mining affected communities to ensure changes in policy, law, projects and practices in the mining and minerals industry.

More about MPI:

MPI has built up extensive expertise in the extractive industries sector, and occupy a unique role in international campaigns, where we are relied upon by national, regional and international NGOs for information and policy advice. MPI has have extensive networks in Australia, Asia, the Pacific and internationally. MPI is a member of Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET), Friends of the Earth International, Banktrak, ECA-Watch and the Asia-Pacific Research Network.

$46,755.85 has been raised hrough GiveNow since 2008. Donations to MPI of more than $2.00 are tax-deductible. MPI is an Income Tax Exempt Charity and is exempt from Income Tax under section 50-5 of the Income Assessment Tax Act 1997. MPI is authorised to fundraise for charitable purposes under the Charitable Fundraising Act, 1991). MPI is entered on the Register of Environmental Organisations and is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations under Item 6.1. of Table 6 in Sub-section 78(4) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936.

Key Areas of Expenditure (progams)

    1. Mining Response and Organisational Capacity - This ensures we a sustained ability and capacity to respond to requests for assistance from mining affected communities, today.
    2. Deep Sea Mining in the Pacific - With mining starting in the Pacific in 2013, we need to inform Pacific Island Countries about the potential impacts on our already stressed oceans.
    3. Mined Your Own Waste - Reducing mine waste and pollution of water bodies, especially through the use of submarine and riverine tailings disposal and from legacy mine sites.
    4. The Future of the Mineral Cycle - Identifying opportunities to change practices, to reduce the consumption of minerals and to increase the reuse and recycling of metals.
    5. Mining and Human Rights - identifying issues and educating the developed world and consumers about the human cost of mining, especially vulnerable sectors and communities.
    6. Responsible Mining - Assessing mining impacts and practices, increasing transparency, assisting [pressuring] corporates, governments and communities to reduce mining impacts

    Contact Details

    PO Box 6043

    Are donations tax deductible?


    Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

    Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.