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800,000 skilled workers needed

Australia needs 800,000 skilled workers
In an article by David Crowe, National Affairs Editor of The Australian, it was reported that Queensland will outstrip other parts of the country in job creation and that the Australian economy over the next five years, will need to find 800,000 skilled workers nationally, with many of these workers needed to fill mining jobs and mine construction jobs as new resource projects get under way.

Federal Employment Minister Bill Shorten, speaking on ABC radio in Melbourne about the article, said:

“There`ll still be jobs growth for people with fewer skills, but the fact of the matter is that we need all governments, all political parties and the community to be focusing on skilling people up because that`s where the jobs will be created “ in the higher skilled areas.”

“If the demand for skilled workers increases, the person with the skills is going to be able to choose the job they want,” he said.

Mining job creation.
When asked if the 800,000 workers were going to come entirely from immigration, he replied: “No. I think that there are great opportunities for us to skill up our own young ones, but also lifetime education.

“This idea that once upon a time you could get your apprenticeship or finish school, or indeed just do one degree and that was the end of the matter, I think that`s going to increasingly become a thing of the past,” he said.

“We can cope with the demands, but we’re going to have to rethink attitudes to hiring older people, we’re going to need to encourage more women to work (18% of the mining workforce), we’re going to need more people with disabilities in the workforce.”

Mining companies will need 100,000 new mine workers over the next five years, with Western Australia mining projects projected to provide the most new mining jobs.

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800,000 skilled workers needed


  1. Jabulani mathaba February 17, 2016 Reply

    I am south african citizen,male 38 years old ,my question is ,is it possible for me to get a job there ,and I have 10years expirience of operating excavator and loader

    • John February 17, 2016

      Hi Jubulani, thanks for your question.

      Look, I have to say that it’s not likely that you would be able to get a job here in Australia. Mining has been very competitive in the jobs market and preference has been given to those people who have a right to work in Australia and also have experience. To work in Australia, you must have a 457 Visa and also a company here must agree to sponsor you. With mining in Australia slowing down a bit and not experiencing the boon time it did 3 years ago, local workers are given preference for jobs I’m afraid.

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  2. Sion August 25, 2012 Reply

    I am currently working on the railway, I am very interested in working within the mining industries I currently hold a HR truck license always keen to learn more to better my skills

    • Pete August 27, 2012

      Hi Sion
      That’s a great attitude you have there about up-skilling yourself for a well-paid job in the mines. This is exactly what mining companies look for in their present and future employees. As you know, there are a lot of job shortages in the mining industry at the moment. A lot of these jobs shortages are for geologists and high level mine site managers and supervisors, however, there are 1000’s of jobs for people who have a genuine interest in the mining industry and want to develop a career.

      The latest iMINCO Project News talks about how to know if you are mine-ready or not, this is a good video that explains why you must be in the right frame of mind before deciding on a mining career. There are a lot of mining career opportunities to consider. What does it take to get into mining in Australia? Could a lack of mine experience stop you from getting a job in the mines? The information in the video will really help you understand how to go about applying for mining jobs.

      With your experience in driving trucks Sion, you’d be well suited to a dump truck operator job or even an dozer or excavator operator. There are a few things you must have to get a job in the mines, especially coal mines in Queensland like having completed a Standard 11 mining induction course which prepares you to be mine-aware and a high stadard of safety preparedness before going to work in the mines. The nationally accredited Haul Truck Operator Certification course (RIIMPO311A Conduct Haul Truck Operations) is also a must. This can also be referred to as the Off-Highway Truck training course.

      There are a lot of dump truck operator jobs on the mining jobs websites – this is the first place to start to look for dump truck jobs. Get familiar with what the mining companies are looking for. A lot of times they want people who have 1 year experience driving haul trucks on a mine site and fair enough, they do this because (a.) they want people who are good at working in a fast-paced mining environment and; (b.), they’re looking for dump truck operators who really understand the high-level safety and awareness that is required when driving huge haul trucks on a mine site. The trick is to get as much driving experience in as you can and the Industry Pathways dump truck course gives students a lot of time behind the wheel of a CAT 773 haul truck. You’ll learn how to handle a dump truck in all conditions, wet roads, slippy haul roads as well as inclines, declines and driving at night.

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  3. Thomas lenaghan August 19, 2012 Reply

    how can i get help with visa 457 and a job in the mine also will need dump truck certification as i hold UK dump truck card not Australia one

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      John August 20, 2012

      Hi Thomas, thanks for your question.
      We’ve got some information on 457 visas on our website, check out that page as there is a lot of good information to help you out. Dump truck driving jobs in Australian mines requires you to have the current certification which is the nationally recognised (RIIMPO311A) Conduct Haul Truck Operations. Depending on where you want to work in Australia, you’ll also have to complete a standard mining induction course, sometimes referred to as the GIQ coal passport (Queensland), or the Standard 11 Generic Induction Passport. The S11 mining induction training is held all over Australia, for more information call the training centre on (07) 5520 2522 for more information on the next available course that suits your time frames. There are plenty of mining job opportunities in Australia for dump truck (haul truck) operators, check our title=”Dump truck driver jobs in mining on miningcrew..com.au” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Mining Crew for starters, we just heard BHP were looking for dump truck drivers (793F Cat Haul Trucks) as well as multi-skilled machinery operators too – and they are happy to take on people who don’t have a lot of mining experience too. That’s a great opportunity for you Thomas – get cracking, there’s no better time to get out there and get that mining career underway!

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