AMMA cites workplace flexibility as key factor for mining’s future

Australian resources and energy group, AMMA (the Australian Mines and Metals Association) has submitted a report to the Senate Select Committee on the Future of Work and Workers citing the desire for flexible, non-traditional work opportunities as a key trend for Australian resources and energy workers.

In the submission, entitled Inquiry into the impact of technological and other change on the future of work and workers in Australia, AMMA argues that technological advancements are able to see the resources industry modernise to meet the needs of modern Australians.

“It is clear that Australia’s current model of employment regulation is poorly suited to the employment demands of modern day businesses, employees and economies,” reads the report.

“Work is no longer built around fixed hours and fixed work locations, and has as its value proposition greater flexibility, convenience and freedom of choice for the individual.”

The report suggests that Australia’s current workplace relations system is (generally) over-regulated, overcomplicated and better suited to the societal demands of the 1970s than 2018, and pleads that policy makers address the rigidity inherent in the system in order to remove red tape and regulatory burdens.

“Flexibility is highly valued and sought after by workers of all ages,” explained AMMA director, industry services, Tara Diamond.

“Individuals are demanding greater choice and flexibility in the world of work and it’s important that any policy response from government encourages and facilitates this.”

According to the report, this trend towards an increasingly flexible mining workplace coincides with the increasing prevalence of — and preference for — advanced technologies, particularly remote operating centres, centralised mining control rooms that have contributed to a shift in attitude, especially in the highly active Pilbara region in Western Australia.

The full report can be read here.