Australia’s National Resources Workforce Strategy provides a forward-looking plan to help connect people with the skills and opportunities needed for a rewarding resources career.
The sector is crucial to supporting our economy and the regions it operates in.
The resource sector employs over 260,000 people. When mining equipment, technology and services and supporting supply chains are included, the sector supports over 1,100,000 jobs nationally.
Resources are half of Australia’s total exports and about 10% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
To support growth in the sector and maximise the benefits to all Australians, the Strategy highlights the Australian Government’s investments in:
This has seen investment in key areas, including but not limited to:
A strong, qualified workforce pipeline will ensure the sector remains productive, innovative and competitive.
The sector offers a range of highly paid, rewarding and exciting career opportunities throughout the lifecycle of a project. For example:
Many of these careers and skills are transferrable across different industries.
Growth and modernisation of the sector has resulted in an uptake of new technology and production techniques across the sector. It has also created job opportunities in:
The strategy outlines programs to support the take up of jobs in the resources sector. It includes programs for all Australians, including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, and those living in regional Australia.
The strategy builds on government investment in education, skill packages and job support.
Read the National Resources Statement