The mass job cuts across coal, iron ore and nickel mines also freed up labour and contractors, and shifted the bargaining power over to the companies. A sliding oil price in 2015 was the icing on the cake, delivering cheaper diesel to the many Australian gold mines that operate far beyond the electricity grid.
List of active gold mines in Western Australia. The state produced million troy ounces of gold, or 195 tonnes, 6% of world production. During 201415 the Western Australian gold mining industry directly employed 19,175 people.