Mining Support Workers perform routine tasks in mining and mineral ore treating operations, such as assembling, operating and dismantling mining equipment, taking ore, rock and dust samples, and mixing ore treating chemicals and catalysts.

Also known as: Mineral Ore Processing Labourer.

Specialisations: Pit Crew Support Worker.

You can work as a Mining Support Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in coal or metalliferous mining might be helpful.

Tasks

  • Assembling, operating and dismantling mining equipment, taking ore, rock and dust samples, and mixing ore treating chemicals and catalysts.

More about Other Construction and Mining Labourers

All Other Construction and Mining Labourers

  • $1,683 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Mining Support Workers

  • 1,300 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 85% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 53 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 8% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Mining Support Workers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,900 in 2011 to 1,300 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Mining Support Workers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (85%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 53 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 8% 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)
Mining68.8
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services7.6
Manufacturing7.3
Construction3.9
Other Industries12.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMining Support WorkersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.031.6
VIC8.125.6
QLD28.320.0
SA6.77.0
WA26.210.8
TAS3.12.0
NT1.71.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMining Support WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.3-5.05.0
20-2411.4-9.39.3
25-3427.3-22.922.9
35-4420.3-22.022.0
45-5421.1-21.621.6
55-598.3-9.09.0
60-644.6-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationMining Support WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV30.4-21.121.1
Year 1221.6-18.118.1
Year 118.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below30.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Mining Support Worker without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in coal or metalliferous mining might be helpful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • forklift licence
  • manual drivers licence
  • heavy ridged (HR) driver's licence
  • medical test
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Construction and Mining Labourers who are reliable, hardworking and can work independently.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    54% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Public Safety and Security

    44% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Engineering and Technology

    42% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  4. Law and Government

    41% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  5. Production and Processing

    39% 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. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    100% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    94% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  3. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

    92% Important

    How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

    91% Important

    How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5081.00 - Helpers--Extraction Workers.

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