Mining / Oil & Gas Industry


Mineral extraction can be split into two main categories:

  1. Mining; and

  2. Oil and Gas.


Companies carry out petroleum exploration to locate crude petroleum and natural gas.


Oil and Gas extraction produces crude oil, natural gas and may include: light oil, purified natural gas, liquefied natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas.


Companies carry out mineral exploration finding minerals to extract. The main categories of mining are:

  1. Quarrying;

  2. Open-cut mining; and

  3. Underground mining.


The extracted minerals include:

Black and Brown Coal; Iron Ore (iron ore and iron ore sands), Bauxite (raw material for alumina and aluminium), Copper Ore, Gold Ore, Mineral Sands (rutile, ilmenite, zircon sand , and leucoxene, which contain titanium to produce titanium dioxide pigment), Nickel Ore, Silver, Lead and Zinc Ore, Manganese and Other Minerals (beryllium, bismuth, molybdenite, platinum group metals, tantalum, tin ore and tungsten), Gravel and Sand, Rock, Limestone and Clay (marble, granite, slate, clay, limestone and dolomite), Diamond and Gemstone (opals and sapphires), Salt and Other Minerals (phosphate rock, silica, gypsum, magnesite, talc and lithium minerals), Mining Support Services (provide services including maintenance, transport, rehabilitation and shutdown services).

Western Australia accounts for:

  • Over 35% of Australia's oil and gas extraction.

  • Percentage of Australian product in metal ore mining:

    • Iron ore >98%;

    • Nickel 85%;

    • Gold 70%;

    • Bauxite >50%; and

    • Manganese (including; beryllium, bismuth, molybdenite, platinum group metals, tantalum, tin ore, tungsten and other metallic ores) >40%.

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Workforce Priorities


Find out more information about the skilling priorities of the mining, oil and gas sectors in Western Australia.

SSO Skills Forecast


Mining, oil and gas - The Mining, Drilling and Civil Infrastructure Skills Forecast, plus Chemical, Hydrocarbons and Refining Industry Skills Forecast and Proposed Schedule of Work, links the sector trends.

Looking for a Career in this Industry?


Here you will find links to a range of career resources which contain information on RITC industries and also apprenticeships and traineeships.

January 11, 2019

On the Roy Hill website the company is asking for expressions of interest for a wide variety of roles, from Truck, Ancillary and Excavator Operators, Diesel Mechanics and Maintenance, to Process and Port Operators, Laboratory Technicians and Metallurgists, Engineers and lots in-between.

If you are looking now or thinking of working in the resources industry in the future, it may be worth looking at the types of roles available...

December 5, 2018

Draft training products for PwC Skills for Australia’s mine supervisors project are now available for review and can be found at the PwC Skills for Australia website.

These draft training products have been developed following a period of national consultation.  Feedback on these products will be received until Monday 14th January 2019 and can be provided via email to , by using track changes on the...

EY Global Mining & Metals Advisory Leader, Paul Mitchell, published a paper on: The top risks facing mining and metals in 2019-20 reflect a new era of disruption from both within and outside of the sector.

The themes of license to operate and disruption run through this year’s risks as mining and metals companies have to deal with many new and variable factors, including societal expectations, digital transformation, and u...

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Industry Reports


This section contains a range of industry reports from a wide range of sources which provide a broad perspective on the RITC industries with a focus on skilling and industry development issues.

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