Key mining-related reforms in the federal government’s industrial relations bill, such as life extension of greenfield agreements, have not passed the Senate.
Australia’s mining industry is being encouraged to diversify its export markets beyond key commodities such as iron ore and gold.
The federal government has announced a 12-month extension to the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program, promising a 50 per cent wage subsidy for businesses who employ or recommence apprentices by September 30 2021.
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has urged mining companies to uphold the values of a new environmental initiative introduced this month.
Western Australia has been removed from its top position in investment attractiveness, falling to fourth position, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual global survey of mining and exploration companies for 2020.
Australian Parliament has passed the Native Title Legislation Amendment Act 2020, which allows a native title to impose conditions for land use agreements.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has found that 40 per cent of workers in the mining sector experienced sexual harassment in the past five years.
The Australian Government has proposed an industrial relations amendment to the Fair Work Act that will encourage businesses to create new jobs for a post-COVID-19 economic recovery.
Australia’s mining industry has delivered a 10.4 per cent share of the Australian economy in 2019-20, making it the largest economic contributor with a $202 billion GDP, according to The Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The Australian Government’s 2020-21 Budget is a win for the mining industry as it prioritises training and education, and research and development in manufacturing and supporting industries.
BHP will fund 3500 new apprenticeship and training positions to support employment, business opportunities and skills development in the mining, equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.
Employment in the mining sector has remained strong during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Minerals Council of Australia study.
The Australian Government has injected $125 million into expanding Geoscience Australia’s Exploring for the Future minerals exploration program to strengthen the resources sector.
Australia’s minerals sector has paid $39.3 billion in company taxes and royalties in the 2018-19 financial year, a record high for the sector.
The Minerals Council of Australia is among mining councils that have called for a reform of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to aid a better environment, more jobs and faster economic recovery.
The Productivity Commission believes that the mining industry receives “disproportionately small” government assistance compared with its contribution to the Australian economy.
Increase in Australia’s resources export revenue has underpinned a 29 per cent increase in the value of Australia’s goods export in March compared to the previous month.
Several resources sector councils have teamed up to launch a national television and digital campaign to raise awareness around the industry’s coronavirus safety protocols.
The Australian Government is prioritising the development of the nation’s position as a global supplier of rare earths and high performance metals.
Australia’s abundance of critical minerals is driving rapid advancements in computing, manufacturing, energy and transport, according to the Minerals Council of Australia.