CMEWA Inc - People Strategies


Within the People Strategies Portfolio CME is focused on the following strategies to deliver the industry’s vision:

  • People - Everyone in the industry understands, and is trained to manage, the inherent hazards and risks
  • People – Education and training systems responsive to industry needs
  • People – Efficient and effective skilled migration system
  • People – Increase the size of the skilled labour pool
  • People – Flexible employment relationships that reflect direct relationships
  • Communities – Fly-In, Fly-Out is a sustainable work practice
  • Innovation – A Government framework that facilitates investment in innovation
  • Innovation – Industry wide commitment to shared research and development collaboration
  • Innovation – Innovation within the industry attracts the best researchers and students.

Projects & Issues

Gender Diversity in the WA Resources Sector

The People Strategies Portfolio focuses on advocating for and promoting the focus on addressing the underrepresentation of women in the WA resources sector. Current projects include:

  • WA Women in Resources Awards - to advocate the sector as an exciting career option for women and to promote and advocate industry best practice and approaches in workforce diversity.
  • Women in Resources Reference Group – meeting of CME member company representatives to discuss gender workforce participation issues and provide input for associated CME policy and initiative development.
  • Diversity in Resources Survey – a biennial survey to determine the workforce participation rates of women and Aboriginal Australians within CME member companies.

To visit the Women in Resources Awards page click here.

Attraction and Retention of Aboriginal Australians in the WA Resources Sector

The People Strategies Portfolio focuses on advocating for and promoting the focus on addressing the underrepresentation of Aboriginal employees in the resources sector. Current projects include:

  • Indigenous Working Group – to bring together CME member company representatives to discuss issues regarding the workforce participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the WA resources sector and, where appropriate, provide assistance in the development of CME policy and initiatives. 
  • Diversity in Resources Survey – a biennial survey to determine the workforce participation rates of women and Aboriginal Australians within CME member companies.

Indigenous Leadership Scholarship Program

In partnership with the Australian Institute of Management (AIMWA), CME offers annual scholarships for employees of member companies to undertake the intensive Frontline Manager Program for Aboriginal supervisors and managers.

The program material meets all the requirements to achieve a nationally recognised Certificate IV in Frontline Management and has been tailored to suit the particular needs of participants of Aboriginal decent. The program includes five days of face-to-face instruction plus intensive post-program coaching and support.

For more information about this program please click here.

WA Resources Sector’s Commitment to Training

The People Strategies Portfolio focuses on promoting the industry’s commitment to training its workforce. Current initiatives include:

  • Resources Industry Training Council (RITC) – CME supports the RITC, a joint venture between CME and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) funded by the WA Government to provide industry intelligence on training and workforce development in the resources sector.
  • CME Training Tour – In October 2013 CME hosted a tour of metropolitan training facilities for the Hon. Bill Marmion, Minister for Mines and Petroleum, the Hon. Terry Redman, then Minister for Training and Workforce Development and Wendy Duncan MLA, Member for Kalgoorlie. The guests visited training centres at Chevron, BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and WesTrac.

CME Training Benchmarking Report

In 2013 CME conducted a survey of its member companies to determine their commitment to the training and skills development of their workforce.

Key findings of the report include:

  • 43 CME member companies participated in the survey
  • CME member companies spent around $470 million on training activities during the financial year ending 30 June 2012
  • CME members spent around 5.3% of their total payroll on training activities (including: gross wages and salaries of dedicated trainers and mentors, wages and salaries paid to staff while attending off-the-job training or whilst on study leave, wages paid to apprentices and trainees, fees to external training providers, training facilities and equipment and other training-related expenses)
  • 98% of training completed was industry funded, with only 2% coming from government subsidies
  • Apprentices and trainees made up around 5% of the workforce of CME member companies
  • Around 11% of all the CME member companies’ apprentices and trainees were Aboriginal
  • Around 13% of all the CME member companies’ apprentices and trainees were female
  • Most CME member companies employ their apprentices and trainees directly, with around 20% using the services of a group training company.

Fly-in, Fly-Out (FIFO) Workforce

FIFO employment has become a critical element of maintaining a viable resources sector workforce, as the industry is challenged by significant tightening in the skilled labour market. In WA, FIFO employment has had a long history and remains a popular and practical work practice.
FIFO offers greater choice and enables greater work-life balance for workers, residing in an increasingly urban environment.

CME advocates that FIFO, along with investing in skills and training, increasing workforce diversity and ensuring a flexible skilled migration program, will help address skill shortages in the resources sector, delivering sustainable growth in both the Western Australian and Australian economies.

Resources Sector Focus on Education

CME considers the WA education sector must encourage the supply of an innovative and skilled workforce to meet current and future demands of the industry. CME member companies have identified that it is a priority to ensure young people leave school with the required levels of language, literacy and numeracy to participate fully in the workforce and that students are exposed to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in school to build the supply of students wanting to pursue a career in the resources sector.

CME collaborates with a range of stakeholders to promote a more engaged and responsive education sector and facilitates a biannual Education Roundtable.

Enriching Science Unlocking Resources Advisory Group

The Enriching Science Unlocking Resources (ESUR) Advisory Group was established to facilitate collaboration and information sharing to expand the pool of students with interest and academic strength in science and science literacy within the context of the WA resources sector.

Oresome Resources is a free, innovative and interactive website for teachers and students of Science, Maths, Technology and Social Science. It is a suite of over 400 educational resources based on the minerals and energy sector for students from K-12 that can be accessed on-line free of charge. The content is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and will assist teachers as they proceed towards its implementation in the coming years. This multimedia online resource is a collaborative effort between peak industry associations. Visit

The People for the Future online national careers portal was launched by CME, the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) in March 2012.

The website provides a vast range of information relating to the numerous career opportunities available in the Western Australian resources. This information is in addition to education and training linkages, information about the industry and how to gain entry level positions. Visit

International and Interstate Skilled Migration

As the WA resources sector transitions from the construction phase to the operations phase, there is an ongoing need for strategies to address skills shortages across the resources sector.  In addition to up-skilling a local workforce, companies will also need to attract employees for overseas where the skilled labour cannot be sourced locally. Strategies to encourage interstate migration or interstate Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) initiatives will also need to be promoted to attract and retain skilled workers from the eastern states to WA.


The People Strategies Committee is tasked with leading policy development on human resources, education and training, recruitment and retention issues impacting the resources sector.

The Committee Chair is Damien O’Reilly, Executive Director Australian Mining, Thiess.

Working Groups

The People Strategies Committee and Portfolio are supported by the following working groups:

• Women In Resources Reference Group
• Education Roundtable
• Indigenous Working Group. 




  • Susan Cull
    Policy Advisor, People Strategies
    Phone: +61 8 9220 8500
  • Emmanuel Hondros
    Manager, People Strategies
    Phone: +61 8 9220 8534

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