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Improving opportunities, participation and quality. 

The strategy links a range of programs being led across government, the resources sector, and education providers to meet industry needs and support Australians to start or continue a rewarding resources career.

It identifies a series of outcomes under these three themes that will be delivered by the government in partnership with industry and the education and training providers to seize opportunities, boost workforce participation, and improve education outcomes to meet the skills needs of the future.

Opportunity

Supporting growth and modernisation in the sector to make Australia more competitive, create more jobs, and increase the diversity of career opportunities.

Action Items

  • Support sector growth, productivity and job creation through government initiatives including the National Resources Statement and industrial relations reforms.
  • $6 million for Industry 4.0 Testlabs for Australia pilot program to develop workforce skills needed to take full advantage of opportunities presented by Industry 4.0 technologies.
  • Undertake an industry workforce study with the Australian Resources and Energy Group to understand future occupational and skills demand in the sector to inform future policy and workforce planning.

Participation 

Increasing Australian participation and representation in the resources sector. 

Action Items

  • Support Australian participation and local employment practices, particularly in regional resources communities, including by:
    • Developing a set of industry principles with the Minerals Council of Australia that promote a best-practice industry approach to local, regional and Australian employment and procurement practices.
    • Examining local employment opportunities and specific regional challenges as part of Strategic Basin Planning ($28.3 million) and future regional deals, modelled on the $78.4 million Barkly Regional Deal.
  • Attract skilled migrants who make a significant contribution to the Australian resources sector, and fill positions where no Australian workers are available.
  • Provide opportunities, particularly for women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to engage with resources careers.
    • Promote STEM study to female students in resource-rich regions, and raise profile of women leaders in resources careers as part of the $14.5 million to extend Women in STEM programs, and in conjunction with the Women in STEM Ambassador.
    • Boost participation and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in resources careers ($68 million through the Indigenous Advancement Strategy, $30 million Indigenous STEM Education Project).

Quality 

Ensuring that education and training systems produce cutting-edge outcomes that support industry needs and prepare workers for jobs into the future.

Action Items

  • Boost student uptake of STEM related subjects at school by supporting students and connecting school leavers with higher resources-related studies and career pathways.
  • Increase the accessibility and availability of resources-specific tertiary courses, especially in resources regions, to boost the pipeline of talented, job-ready graduates, including through $30 million to establish the new School of Mining and Manufacturing at the Central Queensland University.
  • Work with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy to understand factors influencing youth decision-making regarding pursuing careers in the resources sector.
  • Shape the resources VET training system to become more responsive to changing skills needs of the resources sector through the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot and broader reforms as part of the $585.3 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package.
  • Create additional industry-education partnerships for the resources sector and increase the availability of Work Experience in Industry placements through the $900 million National Priorities Industry Linkage Fund.
  • Facilitate upskilling, reskilling and cross-skilling through resources-related short courses and microcredentials, including with a $4.3 million national online microcredentials marketplace.