Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data shows that Queensland’s resources sector has delivered an increase of close to 10,000 jobs in the state in the February quarter.
The ABS reported that exploration and mining support services jobs were up 63 per cent and coal sector jobs increased by 23 per cent.
Over the 12 months to February, the ABS reported that metal jobs were 98 per cent higher, while oil and gas jobs were up 61 per cent.
Queensland Resources Council (QRC) chief executive Ian Macfarlane said the number of jobs created in just one quarter was more than the number of athletes competing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Employment growth in the sector is also leading to greater diversity, the QRC pointed out. Indigenous employment in the Queensland resources sector has outstripped growth across the total resources sector workforce, doubling in 10 years.
“In 2006, Indigenous people comprised 3 per cent of the State’s workforce in resources, whereas in 2016, it had grown to 4 per cent,” Macfarlane said.
“Queensland’s Indigenous population is 4 per cent which places the resources sector as one of the few industries with a genuine representation.”
Resources jobs this financial year (source: QRC):
- New coal leases for Stanmore Coal – 210 jobs
- Santos to invest $900m in gas developments – 400 construction jobs
- New Century Resources and Santos gas supply deal – 240 jobs
- BMA apprentices start work in central Queensland – 40 jobs
- Hastings Deering apprentices – 48 jobs
- Rio Tinto’s Indigenous workforce across Cape York – reaches 574 jobs
- Batchfire Callide – 450 jobs
- Metallica Minerals Bauxite Project – 26 jobs
- Glencore’s Lady Loretta restart – 250 jobs
- Glencore Copper – 200 jobs
- Arrow and Shell’s QCLNG sales agreement – 1000 jobs
- Senex wins petroleum tender – 150 jobs.