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Contribution to Australia

BHP and the resources industry has helped provide the rich and prosperous economy that Australians enjoy today.

  • We employ around 35,000 people1 and pay our employees around twice the national average

  • We provide returns to vast numbers of shareholders - one in three Australians has interests in BHP through their superannuation (along with half a million direct shareholders)

  • We are represented in many, often remote communities, across Australia and use many local suppliers and businesses (last year we paid A$9 billion to suppliers)

  • Last year we made A$5 billion in payments to Australian governments and, over the last ten years, we have paid A$66 billion taxes and royalties (with an effective tax rate of 43.4% when you include royalties). To put this in perspective this would fund the construction of more than two capital city hospitals every year!

  • All of these factors last year added up to a total direct economic contribution in Australia of A$20 billion (including our payments to suppliers, wages and employee benefits, dividends, taxes and royalties).

Our contributions to Australia at a glance

A$66 billion Australian taxes and royalites paid over the last 10 years

For more information, read about our contributions globally.

1 FY17 actuals.

Economic contribution Report

BHP pays taxes, royalties and other payments in accordance with the tax regulations and laws applying in the jurisdictions in which we operate. The report outlines our payments to governments by country in FY2017.

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Tax and transparency

Our business model is premised on trust. To earn this trust, we are dedicated to becoming a global leader in transparency.

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Social investment

We have a responsibility to make a positive contribution to sustainable development and to have a longstanding commitment to invest one per cent of our pre-tax profits in programs that aim improve the quality of life for people around the world.

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