It's not just heavy machinery that is in short supply, it also the very essentials to do the job on site as the mining boom stretches thin the supply chain.
Mill equipment is also suffering a shortage across Australia.
A recent agreement between Australia's Crushing & Mining Equipment (CME) with South American company Aceros is set to ease the burden.
CME is now the sole distributor for grinding mill liners throughout Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Africa.
This perpetual agreement covers the complete range of mill liners for SAG and ball mills.
It also provides CME with an additional source of manganese wear products for cone, gyratory, and jaw crushers.
CME's chief Jeff Smith stated that "Aceros has a reputation as a quality supplier of mill liners¬and have some of the best quality control processes I have seen".
"Whilst we remain pragmatic regarding our entry into Australia's grinding mill liners market we believe we can provide an alternative to the duopoly that currently exists and we look forward to becoming a major supplier over the coming years," Smith said.
Brett Holmes, CME's product development manager added that "the benefit for us was the level of quality control and technical support that was offered, as well as the product traceability".
According to the company all products manufactured by Aceros undergo a quality control and inspection via multi-level validation and testing procedures throughout the design and manufacturing process.
In addition to this CME has implemented its own independent controls after delivery.
On top of this, Crushing & Mining Equipment's engineering department is also developing proprietary mill modelling software, based on its in-hours experience as well as industry wide research.
This design will also allow CME's engineers to validate their current designs against theoretical considerations, which will then benchmarked against its growing application database, providing future design control practices.
The company also says that it has recently secured a supply of rubber mill liners and components to provide mills an option instead of the standard steel liners.