OZ Minerals commissioned the Australian Institute for Social Research to provide a demographic and socio-economic profile of Aboriginal people in the Central North Area of South Australia (CNSA) to help inform the development of strategies designed to maximise employment opportunities for Aboriginal people from growth in the mining sector.
This research takes place in the context of an increase in investment by OZ Minerals and other mining companies in exploration and new projects. There are around twelve major mines active in South Australia and 29 projects at some stage of the feasibility assessment process (PIRSA 2010). These levels of activity represent substantial growth on previous long term trends. For example, until early this decade there were only four major mines in South Australia. If this growth is sustained or even accelerates then the absolute numbers of new employees required by mining may begin to become significant relative to the South Australia labour force.
Full report see attachment.
Dr Ann-Louise Hordacre (email) Senior Research Fellow Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre (WISeR) University of Adelaide Business: (08) 8313 3631