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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Mining >> Employment in the mining industry

The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimated that there were 1,103 people directly employed in the mining industry at 30 June 2000, an increase of 22% on the 30 June 1999 figure. This increase was due to the expansion of copper ore and iron ore mining activity.

Wages and salaries totalled $81.3m in 1999-2000, an increase of 32.8% on the June 1999 figure.

EMPLOYMENT, MINING, Tasmania(a)

Males
Females
Persons
Wages & salaries

Year
no.
no.
no.
$m

1995-96
1,115
91
1,206
70.9
1996-97
955
84
1,039
85.0
1997-98
886
94
980
67.0
1998-99
834
71
905
61.2
1999-2000
1,017
86
1,103
81.3

(a) At 30 June.

Source: Mining Operations, Australia (Cat. no. 8415.0).

Direct employment in the Tasmanian mining industry has fallen over the past 20 years because of mine closures, productivity-driven retrenchment programs, and a trend towards the use of contractors. Contractors are classified to the activity they are performing (for example, construction and transport) rather than to the industry they are serving (for example, mining).

There were estimated to be 588 full-time equivalent contractors in the Tasmanian mining industry in 2000-01, a decrease of 2% on the 30 June 2000 figure of 603 (Tasmanian Minerals Council).

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