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Analysis of the Changing Resident Demographic Profile of Australias Mining Communities

The Australian mining and resources sector has experienced unprecedented growth over the last decade. While the sector has seen a recent slowdown in growth, the long-term demand for Australian mineral resources will continue. For the purposes of this Report, the ‘Mining’ industry is defined according to the ABS ANZSIC Classification (2006) and includes units mainly engaged in Coal Mining , Oil and Gas Extraction, Metal Ore Mining, Non-Metallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying, Exploration and Other Mining Support Services (i.e. Mineral Exploration). At points in the Report, it has been possible to extract the Oil and Gas subset to obtain a picture of the Oil and Gas industry as a discrete entity.


Incomes and educational attainment are higher, unemployment is lower and there are more families and working aged residents in Australia’s mining regions than in regional Australia more generally, a new demographic study shows. The study by KPMG for the MCA and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) compiles basic demographic profiles of the resident population in Australia’s nine main mining and resource regions for the first time.

Minerals Council of Australia NT DIVISION YEARBOOK 2012-13

During this year Mr Peter Stewart departed the Territory to take up a roll with one of our Senior Member companies. Dr Kevin Tuckwell stepped into the breach for several months, and I started in September. I would like to take this opportunity to thank both Mr Stewart for his tireless efforts in this role as a very strong advocate for the Northern Territory minerals sector, and Dr Tuckwell for providing me with one of the most comprehensive handovers I have ever experienced.


The removal of the option to enter into approval bilateral agreements is a significant change to the potential functionality of the EPBC Act and diverges from the regulatory simplification reform agenda which has been underway since 2009. Given the significance of the proposed change, there is little to no explanation of the purpose of the change indicated with the Amendment Bill or the accompanying Explanatory Memorandum. More specifically, there is no explanation of ‘the problem’ the Amendment is intended to solve. The MCA therefore considers the proposed Amendment appears contrary to the COAG principles of best practice regulation (Principle 1: establishing a case for action before addressing a problem).

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