Australian Cement Production

Cement has been produced in Australia for over 120 years, underpinning the development of Australia’s major infrastructure landscape as well as the residential and commercial construction sector.

Australian cement production has been building steadily since the Global Financial Crisis before reaching record levels in 2018-19 – primarily on the back of growing demand from major infrastructure projects and the construction market in general.

This increased demand for cement has led to a significant growth in clinker imports – a trend that has been consistent over the last five or so years, culminating in a record 4.1 million tonnes imported in 2018-19.

An increasing amount of cement is also being imported into Australia, with around 0.9 million tonnes coming into the country to satisfy demand in 2018-19.

An increasing amount of cement is also being imported into Australia, with around 0.9 million tonnes coming into the country to satisfy demand in 2018-19.

Production Statistics

Clinker production was 5.6 million tonnes in 2018-19, up 2 per cent year-on-year.

Clinker imports were 4.1 million tonnes in 2018-19, a rise of 4 per cent year-on-year after a 15 per cent increase the year before. Clinker imports are now double what they were in 2010-11

Cement production was 10.4 million tonnes in 2018-19, up 9 per cent over 2017-18. Increased cement production has been required to meet consistent demand .

Cement imports were 0.9 million tonnes in 2018-19, a drop of around 7 per cent compared to 2017-18 levels.