Australia's mining industry is falling behind its global competitors in the ranking of the best places to invest because it is over-regulated, according to a major industry group.
But things could be turned around if Australia scraps duplication in its environmental rules and ensures it has flexible working arrangements and competitive taxes, the Minerals Council of Australia believes.
The three issues are the council's key policy priorities for 2019.
MCA chief executive Tania Constable says Australia is far from the mining darling of the world that it was a decade ago.
In recent years it has been creeping lower in the prominent Fraser Institute's ranking of the best places for mining investment.
"Now we're sitting down with developing economies around the world and we shouldn't be there," Ms Constable told AAP.
"Because we're good at what we do, we should constantly be in that top 10 ranking, for all of our states, but we're losing that competitiveness."
A significant contributor to the decline has been the overlap in state and federal environmental regulations, meaning projects may have to go to several rounds of approvals, instead of just one.
"We want so see the regulations streamlined so that the decision-makers can consider the assessment and approval and needs of a project once," Ms Constable said.
"That would achieve quicker time frames for projects and lower costs overall."
Ensuring Australia has "modern" workplace rules that allow for flexible casuals and temporary staff is also important to ramping up Australia's productivity and competitiveness, the council argues.
"We're concerned that we will lose the flexibility and with that, the productivity that goes with our workforce."
The group is also pushing for tax settings that it thinks will help rally investors, such as retaining the fuel tax credit scheme, which offsets the tax some businesses are charged for fuel.
Australian Associated Press