NT workers given priority for gas jobs

Local workers will be given priority for jobs on the $34 billion Ichthys gas project, according to the Northern Territory Government.

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Local workers will be given priority for jobs on the $34 billion Ichthys gas project, according to the Northern Territory Government.

The announcement follows fears foreign workers would fill mining jobs after the Government’s move to secure a Regional Migration Agreement for the region.

NT Minister for business and employment Delia Lawrie said the Government had invested in training to help local workers fill jobs on Ichthys.

"We’ve been preparing for Ichthys and other major resources work for the past six years," NT News reported.

Lawrie said 20,000 workers would be needed for the project over the next five years, and staff would have to be sourced from overseas and interstate locations as well as locally.

She said the Government had put an "enormous effort into training" since the NT suffered a chronic skills shortage with the ConocoPhillips plant six years ago.

Yesterday the Fraser Institute ranked the NT as the top region for mining potential in Australia, followed closely by WA.

Earlier this month Lawrie said the Government’s new special visa agreement would act as a "pressure valve" helping businesses to find workers when none were available locally.

She said while there had been massive investment in local training it was "still not enough" to meet demand in Australia’s extremely competitive labour market.

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