Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe
Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe

New mines are at risk: report

THE resources sector will need more than 40,000 extra workers this decade, but the current labour market would fall short of meeting requirements, says the Queensland Resources Council.

The Queensland Resource Sector State Growth Outlook Study also identified specific skills that would be in short supply; including technicians, trade workers and machinery operators.

The report, released last November, states if all mining projects identified went ahead, the lack of skilled labour would likely be a "major impediment" to the expansion of mining in Queensland.

The analysis identified the need for increased private and public sector training to attract and retain new workers.

Employment, Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe yesterday said the government was looking at 38,000 extra jobs in mining and construction in the next five years, and wanted to give as many Queenslanders as possible the chance to get jobs in the industry.

Resources sector work grew from less than 20,000 people in 2001 to more than 60,000 in 2011.



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