Report aims to raise levels of Indigenous employment in mining industry

Mining companies struggling in the industry downturn are attempting to boost the number of Indigenous people employed in the industry

The report has been produced by Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Exploration and Energy (AEMEE), gas company QGC and the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining.

It aims to highlight the mining industry's leading companies in Aboriginal employment, with a view to creating guidelines based on what leaders in the field have found works best.

One of the report's authors, University of Queensland adjunct professor Bruce Harvey said efforts to significantly raise levels of Indigenous employement throughout the mining boom had not been particularly strong.

"Some companies have done well, some have done not so well and some have probably not even tried. The industry downturn makes it very difficult for everybody."

The report focuses exclusively on contractors because mining companies do not directly employ many people on site. 

Companies have tendered for contracts in extraction, processing, catering, cleaning and many other roles. 

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