1. Where are the jobs?

  2. In recent years, the Australian minerals industry has experienced shortages of skilled professionals, trades people and operators. Despite the current world credit crisis and downturn in the economy, the need for skilled workers remains. In fact, over the next 12 years an additional 86,000 people will be required - over 30% of these will be tradespeople, 30% skilled operators, 10% professionals.

    Right now, most job opportunities are in Western Australia and Queensland, but there are vacancies available in other States and the Northern Territory. For more information on the Western Australian minerals industry visit www.peopleforthefuture.com.au.

    To find out where operating mining and processing sites are in Australia, go to the Australian Mines Atlas.

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  3. What sort of people are best suited to work in the minerals industry?

  4. While the specific skills required vary from site to site, in general, mining companies look for people who:

    • Have a positive approach to safety;
    • Have a positive, willing attitude, ready to 'have a go';
    • Are in good general physical and mental health;
    • Are willing to relocate or travel to remote sites;
    • Are ready to learn and gain more skills.

    Ask some Queensland engineering and science students about the industry through their fun blog. Visit www.drillin.com.au

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  5. What major mining companies operate in Australia?

  6. Member companies of the Minerals Council of Australia represent over 85% of Australia’s mineral output.

    Follow the links to further listings of resource sector companies that are members of the following associations:

    • Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia
    • NSW Minerals Council
    • Northern Territory Minerals Council
    • Queensland Resources Council
    • South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy
    • Tasmanian Minerals Council
    • Victorian Division - Minerals Council of Australia

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  7. How old do I have to be to enter the industry?

  8. You have to be over 16 years old to enter the resources sector, but companies prefer to employ people who have at least finished Year 12 or an equivalent vocational or university course. They also look for people who have had some post school life experience.

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  9. How much can I earn?

  10. Industry salaries can range from $40,000 to $260,000+ depending on experience and qualifications. For further information, choose a Job Profile that interests you.

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  11. What qualifications do I need if I am looking for a skilled, trade or operator position?

    • People with relevant and recent experience are highly sought after;
    • TAFE accredited Certificates - level III or higher in relevant areas;
    • Heavy vehicle (HR) licence and previous experience operating heavy machinery;
    • People with a recently acquired first aid certificate and a pre-employment medical examination, give themselves an added advantage;
    • Mining and Resource Contractors Safety Training Association (MARCSTA) accreditation;
    • Visit www.skillsone.com.au for more information on working with a trade in the minerals industry.

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  12. Can I get a job in the resources sector straight from secondary school?

  13. Yes, provided you are over 16 years of age. However, your chances of employment increase significantly if you have completed Year 12, have a relevant TAFE qualification or university course in a discipline related to the resources industry and have some workplace experience in the minerals industry or a related industry.

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  14. What is Vac Work?

  15. ‘Vac Work’ is paid vacation employment for university students. Students from a number of disciplines can apply for Vac Work. If successful, they will not only gain valuable hands-on experience for which they will be paid, but they will also have the chance to build a relationship with a potential employer.

    For further information go to Vac Work.

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  16. What employment opportunities are there for women?

  17. Heaps!! Mining companies are continually looking for more ways to attract women to work in the industry and to help them balance the pressures of children and family. Women are highly valued members of any team across the entire industry.

    The principles of equal opportunity for all employees, regardless of race, sex or physical disability apply across the resources sector and companies promote a diverse working environment free from discrimination or harassment.

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  18. Are there jobs for people with no experience?

  19. Yes, but these jobs are very limited. You can be lucky and get a break if you live close to a mining operation and/or know someone working in the industry. It is far better to get some qualifications and experience first. Often companies will engage people without specific mining experience or qualifications at the base level and recruit and train for other positions from these worker ranks.

    Many mining companies use contracting companies to employ skilled operators or tradespeople. A First Aid qualification is valuable as this is an extremely safety conscious industry.

    It is important to note that mining operations around Australia have zero drug and alcohol tolerance.

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  20. How do I get started in the minerals industry?

  21. Because of the good salaries on offer, many people want to work in the minerals industry. A large number of these people do not realise how skilled and specialised the work is. Companies constantly get inquiries from people looking for work.

    All companies have websites – so it is best to apply on-line, whether it be for a particular job vacancy or an apprenticeship, traineeship or a graduate program.

    Remember, there are many contracting companies that carry out much of the work on a mining operation. Depending on the nature of the job, you may need to apply to these contracting companies, rather than the company that runs a particular operation. Often companies will engage people without specific mining experience or qualifications at the base level and recruit and train for other positions from these worker ranks


    • Apply to companies through their careers/recruitment website for a specific job, or type of job. For links to contractors and the Minerals Council of Australia's member company's go to Current Vacancies;
    • Search national recruitment websites like www.careerone.com.au;
    • Make sure your application provides the information asked for in the advertisement;
    • Attach a CV to your application explaining your qualifications, skills and experience;
    • Avoid saying “I am willing to do anything”;
    • Apply for positions through mining recruitment and labour hire companies;
    • Do some preliminary training or complete an undergraduate degree that is related to work in the minerals industry that you are interested in;
    • Apply for positions with sub contractors and businesses that supply goods and services to the minerals industry;
    • Visit www.peopleforthefuture.com.au and www.gowestnow.com for information the industry in Western Australia;
    • Visit www.skillsone.com.au for more information on working with a trade in the minerals industry.

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  22. How do I become a Truck Driver?

  23. Truck driving positions on mine sites are highly sort after and are usually offered to those living within close proximity to a mine site. If you do not have any experience in driving trucks on mining sites, there are many companies or registered training organisations (RTO’s) that provide training and/or traineeships.

    If you know which company you want to work for, try to find out how they employ their drivers and operators and what skills are required.

    Some mining and contractor companies offer traineeships and have the information available on their websites. Often companies will engage people without specific mining experience or qualifications at the base level and recruit and train truck drivers and plant operators from these worker ranks.

    For links to the careers websites of the Minerals Council of Australia's member companies and a list of associated contracting companies visit Current Vacancies.

    The following qualifications will improve your chances of employment:

    • Heavy rigid (HR) vehicle license and some previous experience operating heavy machinery;
    • First aid certificate;
    • MARCSTA accreditation;
    • Pre-employment medical.

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