Mine Deputies oversee the safety of mining operations and supervise Miners.

Specialisations: Mining Technician, Open Cut Examiner.

Either extensive experience or a certificate IV in resource processing is needed to work as a Mine Deputy.

Tasks

  • Prepares designs, plans and schedules for mining operations.
  • Determines the equipment that is to be utilised.
  • Co-ordinates work in progress on the mine site.
  • Discusses work in progress and consults with contractors, engineers, geologists and surveyors.
  • Prepares reports on work in progress.
  • Supervises work involving explosives.
  • Ensures safety and environmental standards are being meet and maintained.

All Other Building and Engineering Technicians

  • $2,812 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Mine Deputies

  • 5,900 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 96% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 62 hours Average full-time
  • 44 years Average age
  • 5% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Mine Deputies (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 5,800 in 2011 to 5,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Mine Deputys work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Manufacturing; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (96%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 62 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 44 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 5% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Mining85.0
Manufacturing4.7
Construction2.5
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services1.6
Other Industries6.2

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMine DeputiesAll Jobs Average
NSW21.331.6
VIC3.025.6
QLD32.720.0
SA4.87.0
WA35.310.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.21.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMine DeputiesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.05.0
20-240.7-9.39.3
25-3418.4-22.922.9
35-4432.6-22.022.0
45-5432.1-21.621.6
55-5910.4-9.09.0
60-644.5-6.06.0
65 and Over1.2-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationMine DeputiesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree5.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV49.1-21.121.1
Year 1210.8-18.118.1
Year 115.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below15.2-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate IV in resource processing is needed to work as a Mine Deputy.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Mine Deputy.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • a mine deputy’s certificate of competency
  • national police check

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Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Building and Engineering Technicians who are hardworking, motivated and can multitask under pressure.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    83% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Technical design

    74% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Mathematics

    72% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Physics

    60% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. Production and processing

    59% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Telephone

    98% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  2. Electronic mail

    96% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Unstructured work

    90% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  5. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2151.00 - Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers.

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