Date    16 January 2001
Number  03/01


BHP Iron Ore will continue seeking business improvements at its Pilbara,
Western Australian, iron ore operations following today's Federal Court ruling
that an injunction preventing the offer of workplace agreements remain in

On 10 January 2001, Justice Kenny found that BHP Iron Ore's offer of workplace
agreements was legal, but today ordered a stay of the injunction pending an
expedited appeal of her original decision by the unions.

Justice Kenny indicated that the unions'appeal would be heard in the week
commencing 19 February 2001.

President Western Australian BHP Iron Ore Graeme Hunt anticipated today's
decision would only add another month or so to the reintroduction of a system
that will deliver long-term benefits to the Company and employees.

"Workplace agreements remain BHP Iron Ore's preferred system of industrial
regulation and we will vigorously defend our right to offer them to employees,"
he said.

"As has been the case over the past twelve months while this matter has been
before the courts, we will continue to focus on workplace improvements,
ensuring our iron ore business is one of the most competitive operations in the
global market."

Justice Kenny also ruled that an injunction on unions taking industrial action
remain in place pending the appeal.

Further information can be found on our Internet site:

John Crowley, BHP Iron Ore
Ph:  61 8 9320 4395
Mob: 61 419 849 917

Michael Buzzard, Senior Media Relations Advisor
Ph:  61 3 9609 3709
Mob: 61 417 914 103

Andrew Nairn, Senior Business Analyst
Ph:  61 3 9609 3952
Mob: 61 408 313 259

Francis McAllister
Vice President Investor Relations, Houston (North America)
Tel: 1 713  961 8625