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Mining jobs growth

Mining jobs growth has continued through 2018-2019
Mining jobs growth has continued through 2018-2019 with many new positions being added.

Mining jobs are growing again according to the latest data.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released has confirmed that opportunities are growing across Australia’s mining industry.

Across the mining industry, including oil and gas, average employment grew by 11 per cent – the equivalent of 23,794 jobs – in 2018-19. This has been underpinned by substantial employment 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.”


“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 QLD Resources Council also welcomed the mining jobs growth news saying that ’employment in Queensland’s resources sector has added an extra 5,730 jobs over the last 12 months – the equivalent of one new job every 90 minutes’

Queensland Resources Council 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.

“We want to keep employing more Queenslanders and supporting more regional communities through local investment. To do that, it’s essential that we have clear and transparent rules and regulations.

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AMSJ April 2022