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Submission to the Indigenous Jobs and Training Review

This submission proposes key strategies to be implemented by Government for consideration by the Indigenous Training and Employment Review. The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is the peak national industry association representing exploration, mining and minerals processing companies in Australia.  MCA members account for more than 93% of annual minerals production in Australia and a slightly higher proportion of minerals exports. Members of the MCA have been at the forefront of Indigenous economic development for a number of years, negotiating agreements with traditional owners for access to land and providing employment and business development opportunities for communities.This submission proposes key strategies to be implemented by Government for consideration by the Indigenous Training and Employment Review.  The strategies are premised on the vocational education and training (VET) system being responsive to industry skill needs rather than what the VET system is able to deliver and the identification of meaningful jobs within sustainable economies.  Their focus is on the preparation for employment, training and connection with a job for Indigenous Australians in regional, remote and very remote communities based on the lessons learnt among the members of the MCA.

MINERALS INDUSTRY WELCOMES 2013 BREAKTHROUGHS ON PROJECT APPROVALS

This year’s progress on reducing Australia’s green tape burden, including the recent Council of Australian Government’s endorsement of the Federal Government’s one-stop-shop for project approvals, is warmly welcomed by the minerals industry.

Nuclear Energy will power the future

THE SMALL NUMBER OF Australians vehemently opposed to uranium mining and nuclear power are obviously not avid readers nor weight-lifters. If they were, they would have seen the International Energy Agency’s enormous 687-page, two-kilogram report on the world’s energy outlook released last month. It should be compulsory reading for those who think Australia’s uranium industry and nuclear power has a bleak future.

URANIUM MINING IN AUSTRALIA: THE FACTS

In recent weeks, there has been significant commentary about uranium mining in Australia from individuals and organisations opposed to the industry. The commentary has often been poorly informed. To assist a sensible debate about the industry in Australia, the Minerals Council of Australia provides 10 key facts on uranium.

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