MINING IS AT THE HEART OF OUR COMMUNITIES 

© 2017 Minerals Council of Australia


Sources:  The Whole Story Minerals Council of Australia, Canberra, 2015

 

MINING EMPLOYS 225,900 PEOPLE IN HIGH VALUE, HIGH WAGE, HIGHLY SKILLED JOBS.

The mining industry is a major contributor to employment in regional and remote Australia.
The 225,900 people directly employed by mining is more than double the number of jobs before the boom (87,000 in May 2003).

The mining industry has a strong record of workplace diversity. 
More than 43% is between the ages of 25 and 39. 15% of the industry’s workforce is female and more than 6% is made up of Indigenous workers. In fact, the Australian minerals industry is the largest private sector employer of Indigenous Australians and spends more than $2.2 billion with Indigenous businesses annually. And all these figures are increasing year on year.

MINING WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE JOBS, 
SUPPORT COMMUNITIES AND CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR MANY YEARS TO COME. MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE TO AUSTRALIA'S FUTURE. 

Australia's #1 Export Industry

Our minerals and resources industry is responsible for 64% of our merchandise exports. Find out how mining is powering Australia’s economy today and for years to come.
 

Skills, Training & Innovation

A highly skilled, world-class workforce is vital to Australia’s future. Find out how mining is delivering more opportunities, more graduates and more skills than other industries.
 

Tax Contribution

Since 2005 mining taxes have added a massive $65 billion to the Australian economy. Find out how the money mining contributes helps ensure every Aussie is better off.
 

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There are now more than 3 times 
as many Australians employed in 
the mining industry compared to a decade ago.

The average full time weekly earnings for employees in the resources sector are 77% higher than the average for other industries.