This is a list of countries by iron ore production based on U.S. Geological Survey data. The mine production estimates for China are estimated from the National Bureau of Statistics China's crude ore statistics, rather than usable ore as reported for the other countries.
Definition: The term "ore" is defined in the current study to describe a concentration of non-metallic, e.g., feldspar, or metallic minerals, e.g. spodumene, in pegmatitic rocks irrespective of its structure and position in the deposit which was or is currently mined for a profit.
Australia's total production of iron ore for 2012 was 520 Mt with WA producing 505 Mt, or 97% of overall production. South Australia had a slight increase in its iron ore production from approximately 10 Mt in 2011 to 10.7 Mt in 2012, representing 2% of Australia's total iron ore production.