Jeremy Blockey, Blockey Consulting - Outcomes of the Cairns FIFO Project

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Jeremy Blockey, Blockey Consulting delivered the presentation at the 2013 Mining the Territory Conference.

Mining the Territory Conference is part of the Northern Territory Resources Week. It provides the perfect platform for stakeholders in the NT mining industry to hear the latest information on this booming region.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://www.miningnt.com.au/miningnt2013conference

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Jeremy Blockey, Blockey Consulting - Outcomes of the Cairns FIFO Project

  1. 1. Cairns FIFO Coordinator Project To develop links between resources projects in remote locations and skilled workers, including local unemployed job seekers Jeremy Blockey, Cairns-based FIFO Coordinator Outcomes of the Cairns FIFO Project A flight path to jobs Presentation to Mining the Territory Conference, Darwin 12 September 2013
  2. 2. Cairns FIFO Project (Flight Plan) • National Resources Sector Workforce Strategy • DEEWR funded – SkillsDMC + Advance Cairns • 2 year project – to August 2013 • Steering Committee – QRC, CMEWA, MCA-NT Identify potential FIFO workforce & pathways Work with resource companies, employment agencies & RTOs Link mining companies with air services Gather data on region’s workforce demographic, capacity & engagement Market the region to resource companies & personnel as a lifestyle destination & point of hire
  3. 3. Conditions – 18+ Months Ago • Resource exports tripling $60b$180b in past decade • Commodity prices forecast above historic levels • Construction/production expansion – 10,000s new jobs • Skills shortages
  4. 4. Conditions – Today
  5. 5. Skills (Crew) Shortages • Pockets of opportunity (demand) – pockets of potential (supply) • Not about labour shortage – need skills 0 50,000 100,000 150,000 200,000 250,000 Cairns Townsville Fitzroy Mackay Darling Downs Darwin Pilbara Population – Selected Regions (2011 Census)
  6. 6. Challenges – Turbulence • Negativity towards FIFO • Gravitational pull of southern capital cities • Perception about Cairns • Data scarcity
  7. 7. Targets – The Destinations • QLD – north & central • NT • WA – northwest • Construction • Operational
  8. 8. International Mining (PNG) Routes Northern Territory Routes WA NW Qld Routes Central Qld Cairns Connections
  9. 9. 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Employment in Mining ('000s) Far North Original Employment Level Data Four Quarter Moving Average (year to) Source: DEEWR, Regional Industry Employment Tool - Queensland
  10. 10. FIFO Demographics – Loadsheets • Data scarcity • Survey of existing FIFO workers through Cairns Airport • Understand the existing FIFO Workforce • Survey of potential FIFO workers – job-seekers • Identify the strengths & capabilities of potential FIFO job-seekers • Public information sessions • Online survey of job-seekers
  11. 11. Survey of Existing FIFO Passengers • 197 surveys • Demographics: • 99% male • Average age 41.2 years • 80% married or de facto • 50% had dependent children • 5% Indigenous • Experience: • 8 years in resource sector • 5½ years doing FIFO • 3 years in current job
  12. 12. Survey: Wanting to join FIFO Queue – Job-seekers • 213 surveys – online • Demographics: • 75% male / 25% female • 64% 40 years or older • 11% Indigenous • 65% married or de facto • ⅓ had dependent children • Years Experience: • Half have 20+ years • Quarter have 11-20 years
  13. 13. Survey: FIFO Job-seekers • Interest in FIFO: • 75% would deploy anywhere • +20% depending on factors • Preference: FNQ/NWQ–CQ/NT–WA • Adult apprenticeship suited: • 44% experienced in trade area Without formal qualification (partially completed trade, been TA for 4+ years, aligned/OS/Defence trade) – suited for NAP
  14. 14. Outcomes – the Landing Residential, 1,800 FIFO, 2,605 FNQ Workforce In Mining FIFO - w/in FNQ FIFO - NWQ FIFO - CQ FIFO - NT FIFO - WA FIFO - PNG Data: Cummings Economics, FIFO Workforce in the Cairns Region - June 2013 • FIFO Growth – 500 additional FIFO workers • FIFO employment of 2,605 = $334 million wages • BMA recruiting 250 FIFO workers for CQ coalmines
  15. 15. Future – Cairns Hub • Cairns FIFO, Supply & Services Hub • Advance Cairns with regional partners • Targeted opportunities – eg NT
  16. 16. Conclusion – A FIFO Journey • Capacity – population base to support resources growth • Current under-employment / high unemployment • Applicable skills & experience • Job-seeker desire for resources sector/FIFO jobs • Existing capability and hub for FIFO • Leverage into other supply & servicing opportunities
  17. 17. Cairns FIFO & Supply Hub – Contact • Jeremy Blockey, M: 0438 382 020 • E: jeremy@blockey.com.au • W: www.blockey.com.au • www.fifocairns.com.au

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