Perfect time to boost employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, new research reveals

7 November 2013, Energy Skills Queensland.

Energy Skills Queensland’s (ESQ) 2013 Queensland CSG to LNG Workforce Plan has identified the industry is well positioned to increase workforce participation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, creating opportunities for long-term career progression.

The Workforce Plan, which provides detail on both the operations and maintenance workforce needed in Queensland from 2014 to 2034, was launched at the ESQ Annual Conference in Brisbane on Monday.

ESQ chief executive Glenn Porter said Queensland’s booming CSG to LNG industry would create twice as many jobs as previously anticipated, with around 15,000 people now expected to be employed in the industry at its peak.

“Based on our findings we have made a series of recommendations to Government and industry on how to ensure Queensland does not face a critical shortage of necessary skilled workers to support the industry,” Mr Porter said

“By boosting support for employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we can increase local employment prospects and reduce the industry’s reliance on non-resident workers.

“It’s essential we continue to create opportunities in the energy sector for Indigenous job seekers through proven training and employment programs such as our own Queensland Workforce Skilling Strategy.”

ESQ’s Queensland Workforce Skilling Strategy has had 153 previously unemployed Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander participants in the last year, of which 93 participants have gained sustainable employment.

The Workforce report has identified more than 20 critical skills and occupations, which include: drillers, geologists, telecommunications technicians, instrumentation & control systems technicians, electrical fitters, engineers, technical trainers and health & safety officers.

Approximately 85 per cent of the overall operations workforce will be required in the Surat Basin and surrounding areas, with approximately 10 per cent and 5 per cent required in Gladstone and Brisbane respectively.

The Upstream (CSG field facilities) workforce will require the largest numbers of personnel across the development, maintenance and shutdown phases of gas wells.

Around 35 per cent of workers are expected to be employed directly by the gas companies, and around 65 per cent will be contracted through supply chain contractors.

Mr Porter said the findings were based on aggregated workforce data from Arrow Energy, Conoco Phillips, Origin Energy, Santos and QGC, giving a more accurate industry skills forecast.

“We are committed to working with CSG to LNG industry organisations and will continue to work with government, training organisations and Indigenous communities to further develop the training infrastructure and capability in Queensland to deliver a highly skilled, competent, safe and productive workforce,” he said.

The Queensland CSG to LNG Industry Workforce Plan and all of Energy Skills Queensland’s key recommendations can be found at

Energy Skills Queensland is the Industry Skills Body leading energy industry and government engagement on education and training, skills development and labour market issues.

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