0517 South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy

General information

Submitterʼs name
South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy
Submitted on behalf of
Professional body or industry association

About the submission

Are you an Australian assessing authority for migration purposes?
No
Please select the industry your submission is in relation to. If required, you may select multiple industries.
Mining
Do you have a particular regional interest? If required, you may select multiple regions.
South Australia

Responses

 

1. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Yes

What occupations should be added to the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved from the Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL) to the MLTSSL.

712211 Driller

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the MLTSSL.

The cyclical nature of the mining sector has resulted in a process whereby skilled drilling labour is required in short time frames as the sector grows. Due to the transferable nature of drilling skills during a downturn this skilled labour will shift sectors (such as civil construction) and often not return.

During the mining boom from 2004-2014, there was a peak of 800 operating rigs, equating to approximately 9,500 operating personnel (2012). This has since declined to 290 operating drill rigs requiring only 3,500 skilled workers (2017). When the sector experiences it's next cyclical growth phase there will be an urgent need for skilled drilling labour within a relatively short time frame.

The mining sector is committed to employing and training local skilled workers, however for a skilled driller with appropriate experience and qualifications (Certificate 3 or 4 level) it will take on average seven years to achieve this level. This will involve the new employee entering as an offsider and advancing through the positions of trainee driller, driller and, potentially, senior driller or supervisor.

SACOME submits that an additional avenue to attract skilled workers when local recruitment processes are not capturing enough skilled workers would address this issue.

2. Do you consider that occupations need to be added to the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

Yes

What occupations do you recommend should be added to the STSOL?

Please also include occupations that you propose should be moved be moved from the MLTSSL to the STSOL.

712211 Driller

Please outline the evidence or data that would support these occupations being added to the STSOL.

The cyclical nature of the mining sector has resulted in a process whereby skilled drilling labour is required in short time frames as the sector grows. Due to the transferable nature of drilling skills during a downturn this skilled labour will shift sectors (such as civil construction) and often not return.

During the mining boom from 2004-2014, there was a peak of 800 operating rigs, equating to approximately 9,500 operating personnel (2012). This has since declined to 290 operating drill rigs requiring only 3,500 skilled workers (2017). When the sector experiences it's next cyclical growth phase there will be an urgent need for skilled drilling labour within a relatively short time frame.

The mining sector is committed to employing and training local skilled workers, however for a skilled driller with appropriate experience and qualifications (Certificate 3 or 4 level) it will take on average seven years to achieve this level. This will involve the new employee entering as an offsider and advancing through the positions of trainee driller, driller and, potentially, senior driller or supervisor.

The Australian Drilling Industry Association recently surveyed drilling companies and found that there will be a need for an additional 170 skilled workers. These companies are having difficulty filling these roles via the usual recruitment process. As the industry begins to enter the next growth phase there is an immediate a need for skilled drillers, with this recruitment requirement being further complicate due to the training timeframes needed to ensure competent skilled drillers.

3. Do you consider that occupations need to be removed from the Medium and Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSSL) or the Short Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)?

No
Do you have any supporting material for your submission?
Yes (see attachments)

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