Average mining wage $114,000
MINING workers are paid two-thirds more than those on the average wage, figures show, and the gap is likely to widen as skills shortages take hold during the flood reconstruction.
Workers in the booming industry receive average pay of $114,700 a year, Bureau of Statistics figures showed yesterday, compared with average full-time pay of $68,300 over the whole economy.
Despite employing just 1.5 per cent of workers, mining was the highest paid industry by a long margin, followed by construction, finance and other professions.
With competition for skilled labour expected to heat up as flood-affected areas rebuild, the disparity between mining workers’ pay and the rest is tipped to expand further.
The chief economist at CommSec, Craig James, said there was already a shortage of Australians with the skills and inclination to work in mining, with its shift work and tough physical conditions. Extra demand for skilled workers could drive wage demands higher, he said.
”If we are going to encourage more workers to go into the mining sector, they will be encouraged by higher wages.”
Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.
The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the worldâ€™s largest deposits of bituminous coal.
The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queenslandâ€™s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.
The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.
Caterpillar Haul truck 793
The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.
The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStarâ„˘
Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.