21 Aug 2010

Royalty rates for BHP Rio raised in WA

8:53 am on 21 August 2010

The West Australian Parliament has passed a new legislation to raise royalty rates for the iron ore miners, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.

The ABC reports theywill now pay 5.6% instead of 3.75% of sales revenue.

The increase is expected to generate $A340 million in revenue to the state government this financial year.

The companies have been paying a concessional rate since the industry was established in the 1960s.