Australia’s lucrative mining industry currently faces a huge crisis: a significant labour shortage that is getting worse. In response, the sector is looking at talent overseas as candidates for positions in mines. Hiring managers are particularly focusing on recruiting qualified African workers for mining jobs in Australia, both in open-pit and underground mines.

The talent pool within Australia’s mining industry has shrunk to the extent that in 2022, the sector will receive only 50 Australian qualified mining engineer graduates.

This number has been gleaned from looking at the present enrollments at eight universities in the country.

Critical Skills

Internationals who are engineers are included on Australia’s Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). Engineering skills are among the 44 critical skills listed for the country.

They therefore can more easily obtain a visa to work there and join the industry.

Engineering Skills Listed on Australia’s PMSOL include:

  • Civil Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum)
  • Petroleum Engineer
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Why is Australia short on local mining workers?

A career in the mining sector in Australia can be life-changing. It comes with job benefits, opportunities for career growth, and high salaries that can set employees up for life.

Workers attest to being able to afford to buy houses and save for their children’s education within just a few years of working in the industry.

However, experts and managers in the sector say that children in Australian schools do not learn enough about the mining industry as a career option. Thanks to this, many young people are unaware of the pros of a career in mining or what it is like. The mining sector may not even cross their mind when they consider their career path.

Therefore, most of them pursue qualifications in different fields. This explains the low number of Australian graduates entering the country’s mining sector.

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A great opportunity for international workers

Due to Australia’s mining labour gap, international migrants have plenty of opportunities when it comes to positions. What’s more, in Australia, even mining jobs that fall into the blue-collar category offer high salaries.

For many international mine workers, moving to this country is an exciting adventure. It allows them to experience a new culture. They also enjoy a high quality of life and a job filled with perks.

CA Mining will soon be listing many vacancies for mining jobs in Australia. Keep an eye on our job board for these vacancies, and start applying to join Australia’s booming mining sector!