... is the nation’s 6th largest export earner ... earned $14 billion of export revenue in 2014-15 ... is the 2nd largest producer of gold in the world

Skills and training

Australian gold companies have a strong commitment to training employees, spending 4% of payroll on both accredited and unaccredited training in 2011-12.  This is well in excess of official training benchmarks, such as the 1% training expenditure requirement (as a percentage of payroll) for the employment of 457 visa workers.

According to research by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 59% of gold companies employ apprentices and trainees. Most do so directly, though 11% also use Group Training Organisations. Further breakdown of data shows that:

  • 37% of gold companies employ female apprentices and trainees
  • 22% employ Indigenous apprentices and trainees
  • 37% employ mature-aged apprentices and trainees
  • 11% employ schools-based apprentices and trainees.

The gold industry strongly supports employees undertaking nationally-recognised qualifications:

  • 67% of companies support employees in attaining vocational education qualifications at Certificate 1 and 2 levels
  • 59% of companies support higher vocational education qualifications (Certificate 3 and above)
  • 67% of companies support undergraduate or postgraduate studies.

Overall, more than two thirds of gold companies offer support for structured training.  Companies commonly pay employees’ structured training fees, or directly engage consultants to provide training to workers on or offsite. The gold industry also supports employees undertaking structured, non-accredited training, with 38% of gold sector employees undertaking such training in 2011-12.