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Mining raw data

Research project led by Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett, will look into employment in the Queensland mining industry.
Research project led by Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett, will look into employment in the Queensland mining industry. Peter Holt

A PILOT research project that will canvass thousands of unemployed people about their desire and ability to work in the mining industry begins across the Wide Bay region today.

Led by Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett, this massive mining of raw human data will be a joint effort between Job Service Australia providers, local employment co-ordinators and resource sector companies.

The State Government promotes the likelihood of 38,000 jobs coming online in the resource sector and the RDA WBB eight-week survey of the jobless is a strategic move to capitalise on the Wide Bay's proximity to mining centres, access to airports, and high rates of unemployment.

"From an RDA perspective this has never been done before," RDA executive officer Paul Massingham said, "nobody has had access to this sort of information.

"The survey begins today, launching through two of the JSA providers to let us determine if there are any bugs in the system, and then we will roll it out through about 10 JSA's across the region."

Job Services Australia is a commonwealth organisation that helps job seekers find and keep a job.

Employers use JSA as a free service to source employees.

JSA providers are profit and not for profit organisations that contract to JSA to provide the services needed.

Community Solutions service leader Mathew Eyles said his organisation was taking part in the research survey and it alone would assess the situation of about 2500 registered clients people across Wide Bay.

"If they show any interest at all in the resource sector we will survey them," Mr Eyles said.

"The resource sector is not only about shifting dirt, there are jobs in administration, in hospitality.

"We want to understand who is suitable to work where and if there are skill gaps, just what needs to be done to fill them."

The data that is collected will be used to assist RDA WBB's push to establish the Fraser Coast as a fly-in fly-out platform for the resource sector.

Topics:  employment, job service australia, mining industry, queensland government, regional development australia


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