The Australian Government has added crucial minerals-related occupations to the Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List (PMSOL). This is a significant step to secure highly skilled engineers and scientists for the mining industry, according to Tania Constable, CEO of Minerals Council of Australia.
The Australian minerals industry employs more than 3,500 mining engineers, almost 10,000 geoscientists and close to 10,000 environmental scientists.
As opportunities across the minerals industry continue to grow, an additional 1,100 mining engineers are expected to be employed domestically up to 2024.
With mining engineering enrolments across Australia at an all-time low, the priority access to mining engineers from overseas will alleviate the pressure on the current domestic pipeline.