why work in Australia’s Gold Industry?
Australia is the second largest gold producer in the world, and the industry contributed $23 billion to the economy in 2021, furthering the nation’s economic prosperity, providing for hundreds of thousands of workers and their families, and supporting local communities.
Yet there can sometimes be a misconception that you need to be a miner to work in the gold industry. However, extracting and processing gold is a long and complex process that requires workers from many different backgrounds with a range of skillsets in more than 200 roles. Gold companies are constantly looking to fill vacancies for a range of roles, often in less obvious areas and critical.
Regis Resources General Manager of People and Capability Tim Conversi said he thought a lot of people didn’t understand the breadth of opportunity there was in gold mining.
“Gold mining isn’t just geology, metallurgy and mining. There’s lots and lots of job opportunities in gold mining,” he said.
Mr Conversi said that while there would always be roles available in surveying, geology, and engineering, there was also other roles in gold mining that were less obvious but equally as important, such as in training, human resources, and finance.
“We’ve got people from really diverse backgrounds, really skilled both on mining and in other industries, and they’re really all just willing to roll up their sleeves and have a go,” he said.
As well as boasting a diversity of roles, the gold industry also boasts diversity in experience. Every year, gold companies take on green people who have never worked in the mining industry before.
Anglogold Ashanti Australia Vice President: People and Capability Nicola Thomson said the gold industry was all about people.
“We’re always looking for a variety of skills. We look for a wide variety of people because we have lots of jobs and we have lots of opportunities for people,” she said.”