MTEC Key Performance Measures Report 2013

In 2013, enrolments across the minerals industry core disciplines of Earth Science, Mining Engineering and Metallurgy indicate some clear emerging trends. Mining Engineering enrolments are dramatically higher across all years of study, which will result in increased graduates in coming years. Earth Science enrolments are higher in the first and second years of study but are plateauing in the third year of study which is the pool from where honours students are drawn. Metallurgy enrolments are up in the second and third years of study, continuing a reversal of trend from a few years ago. It would also appear that the effects of the financial correction in 2008-9 no longer impacts on students considering professional careers in the minerals industry.

The first six months of MRRT tax take – how would it have differed under the RSPT?

The MRRT raised $126 million in its first two quarters of operation, well below Federal Treasury’s estimates. Why? Was it due to the tax itself – in the sense that the original RSPT would have raised more? Or was it markets, with the nature of the resource rent tax in question largely irrelevant when little by way of economic rent is being earned?

Training and education activity in the minerals sector

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) commissioned the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) to undertake a study investigating the contributions of minerals operators to training. The study was commissioned to address the wide-spread belief within the mining sector that the number of apprentices and trainees is underreported. This may be due to some on-site activity being classified under industries other than mining (for example, apprentice chefs under hospitality, site remediation under horticulture). Secondly, mining companies themselves may undertake a substantial amount of training outside of the publicly funded VET system and as such, there is an absence of reliable publicly available data on the level of training being undertaken by the mining industry.

Analysis of the Long Distance Commuter Workforce Across Australia

This Report, ‘Analysis of the Long Distance Commuter Workforce Across Australia’, forms the second of a two-phase series of Reports. The first Report released in February 2013 titled, ‘Analysis of the Changing Resident Demographic Profile of Australia’s Mining Communities’, considered the demographic profile of the resident population in nine sampled Mining Regions across Australia.

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