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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People

Resources sector companies across Australia are committed to growing the workforce participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  in their business.

The industry has long recognised the importance of strong and robust relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander  people, based on recognition, respect, trust and honouring commitments.

Most resources sector projects are located in remote and regional parts of Australia, often where there is a strong population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. As such, local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are  a stable source of local labour.

Currently the workforce participation rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  in the Australian resources sector has been estimated at around 5%, with the figure growing to 7% in remote and regional areas.

Employment and Training Opportunities

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the resources sector and its allied industries, or companies that service the resources sector, offer significant career opportunities across a range of occupations.

Often Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply for specific pathway opportunities, including vacation programs, graduate programs and apprenticeships or traineeships.

In addition to employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a range of employment programs, companies in the resources sector are committed to retaining and developing the skills of their employees, through ongoing training opportunities.

CME also facilitates the Indigenous Leadership Program for Aboriginal Australians working in the Western Australian resources sector as supervisors and team leaders. The scholarship program enables participants to gain a nationally accredited qualification in management, in partnership with the Australian Institute of Management in Western Australia (AIMWA).

To keep up to date with different opportunities, please check out our facebook groups and listings on the MiningCareers website.


Fact: the mining industry is the largest employer of Aboriginal Australians in Western Australia, as at the last census.

Fact: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people currently represent 5% of the total mining workforce in Australia, and 13% of apprentices and trainees.