Mining industry bodies have welcomed data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) that confirms growing job opportunities within the sector.
Across the resources industry, which includes oil and gas, average employment grew by 11 per cent between 2018-2019, representing the equivalent of 23,794 jobs.
The surge has been underpinned by substantial growth in metal ore mining, where strong growth in production and exports has substantially boosted job creation.
Minerals Council Australia (MCA) chief executive officer Tania Constable said Australian mining “continues to do the heavy lifting in generating highly paid, highly skilled jobs, particularly in regional and remote communities.”
She reiterated the MCA’s support of federal and state government to support policies that deliver increased investment, which would allow Australian companies to be more productive.
“MCA advocates faster project approvals, lower taxation and flexible workplace relations to help the mining industry deliver growth, support regional communities and increase Australian living standards,” she said.
The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) praised the state’s contribution to the employment growth, having added 5,370 jobs over the last 12 months, which is the equivalent of one new job every 90 minutes.
QRC deputy chief executive Judy Bertram said the data reaffirmed the resources sector’s role as a key Queensland employer with new jobs in mining regions and Australia’s biggest mining town – Brisbane.
“This is good news for people working in the resources sector and more importantly people looking for work especially in regional Queensland. The resources sector has hundreds of vacancies looking for men and women to fill,” he said.
“Queensland’s resources sector supports more than 315,000 direct and indirect jobs. Resource jobs are long-term, well paid jobs and can provide education and training to advance employees into the next stage of their careers.”