Mining Skills Organisation Pilot


As part of the Australian Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package, the Government has established a Skills Organisation pilot for the mining sector.

The Mining Skills Organisation Pilot will shape the national training system to be more responsive to the skills needs of employers within the mining sector – from the identification of skills needs, to qualifications development, through to improving the quality of training delivery and assessment, and will engage with other reforms occurring across the national training system where relevant.

The Mining Skills Organisation Pilot is one of three Skills Organisation pilots that will inform broader improvements to the national training system. The Australian Government has also announced pilots in the human services care and digital technology sectors.

The initial phase of the pilot is led by a small steering group that will undertake projects and collaborate with industry on development of a detailed design for the longer-term model.

The current Terms of Reference for the steering group are available, which may evolve over time.

The Minerals Council of Australia will act as co-contributor to the pilot. In the coming months sector stakeholders will have opportunities to contribute to the development of:

  • short term projects to improve the relevance, responsiveness and quality of training
  • a model for the longer term operations and priorities of the pilot and a proposed future work plan, including governance arrangements to ensure the formal pilot entity represents the broad interests and needs of the mining sector.

The pilot will put in place arrangements to ensure the perspectives of employers, unions, broader industry and other key stakeholders in the sector are considered.

It will establish targeted working groups (where required) and a broader consultative group to keep the sector informed of progress and opportunities to contribute. Further information on these arrangements will be made available in due course.

The pilot will work with existing bodies across the VET sector on areas of shared interest and crossover to minimise duplications of effort and maximise the opportunities from this reform.

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Visit the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot website to register for the quarterly bulletin.

For all other queries email

Steering Group Membership as at April 2020

Tania Constable PSM

Tania Constable PSM – Mining Skills Organisation Pilot Steering Group interim Chair

CEO, Minerals Council of Australia

Tania Constable joined the Minerals Council of Australia in July 2018 where she is proud to promote and advocate for a strong, vibrant and innovative minerals industry in Australia.

Prior to this, Tania was Chief Executive Officer of the CO2CRC (Collaborative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies) a leading global research organisation testing carbon capture and storage low emission technologies in Australia.

Tania previously worked as chief adviser in the Personal and Retirement Income Division of Treasury, working on tax-related matters and has had a long association with resources and energy, holding various senior executive roles in the Australian Government. Tania had responsibility for policy advice to the Minister for Industry on oil and gas regulation, exploration and development, and sustainable mining activities.

During this time Ms Constable also had the privilege of being the Australian Joint Commissioner and Sunrise Commissioner for Australia and Timor Leste leading joint activities on the development of the Joint Petroleum Development Area and Greater Sunrise Project. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014 for outstanding public service in the development of Australia’s liquefied natural gas and other resource and energy industries.

Andrea Maxey

Andrea Maxey

Vice-President Corporate Affairs, Community and Human Resources, AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd

Andrea Maxey has been with AngloGold since 2000, initially working in investor relations in Australia and then the United States, before returning to Australia in 2007 to become part of the company’s regional management team with a broader portfolio that includes human resources and organisational capability. Andrea is a director of the Gold Industry Group in Australia and the Denver Gold Group. She has a BA in Psychology, post-graduate diplomas in journalism and finance and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Salisbury

Chris Salisbury

Chief Executive – Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

Chris was appointed chief executive of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore group in July 2016, with accountability for an extensive suite of assets, operations and supply chain logistics in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Chris has been with Rio Tinto since 1988, with experience spanning bauxite, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, coal, copper, iron ore, port logistics and uranium.

Driving innovation is a priority for Chris - whether that be the world’s first automated, long-distance, heavy haul rail network - AutoHaul™ - or construction of Koodaideri, Rio Tinto’s most technologically advanced mine due to commence operation in 2021. Such developments go hand-in-hand with ensuring the workforce has the skills to thrive in the mining sector of the future. The 2019 launch of Australia’s first nationally recognised automation qualifications is an example of Chris’ leadership on this issue.

Chris is a board member of the Minerals Council of Australia and chairs its Workforce and Innovation Committee. The focus of the committee is to work at the intersection between technology, skills and diversity. The committee recognises the key links to education and opportunities presented by more digitally enabled resources sector.

Christine Gibbs Stewart

Christine Gibbs Stewart

CEO, Austmine Limited

Chris is the CEO of Austmine, the leading industry body representing the Australian Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector. She has some 30 years of experience in international business, industry development and general management.

As CEO of Austmine, Chris is firmly focused on delivering value to the organisation’s members, creating opportunities and driving strategic innovation and collaboration across the industry. She has forged powerful relationships, and has helped to significantly raise the profile of the sector to the point that it is now recognised as a Federal Government Industry Growth Centre. In 2016, Chris was recognised for her work by winning the Industry Advocacy Award at the Australian Women in Industry Awards.

Greg Graham

Greg Graham

Chief Executive of WesTrac (NSW and the ACT)

Greg has been Chief Executive of WesTrac in NSW and the ACT since 2013. After gaining extensive experience as a successful leader in the equipment management industry, Greg joined WesTrac to define the business’ long term strategic direction and operational capability.

Greg has over 30 years’ experience in the capital equipment sector and his experience spans a diverse range of roles, including sales, operations and senior leadership positions across Australia and Europe. Prior to joining WesTrac, Greg was Managing Director of Liebherr Australia Pty Ltd, where he was responsible for managing and executing strategic and operational plans. Concurrent with this position, Greg held the position of Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, for Liebherr Mining Equipment SAS, assuming global responsibility for the sales and marketing of Liebherr’s mining equipment products. During this time, Greg also served as a member of the Board of Management of Liebherr Mining Equipment SAS.

Greg is currently a director of Energy Power Systems Australia (EPSA) and a director of WesTrac Pty Ltd.

Warwick Jones

Warwick Jones

Head, Human Resources, Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal (Australia and Canada)

Warwick joined Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal in 2011 and has been instrumental in supporting the organisation’s leadership team through a number of leading HR initiatives, business restructure and organisational change. Warwick’s experience spans a range of commodities and regions; he worked with BHP in Australia, US and Chile and led their coal growth team as General Manager for HR. For a number of years, Warwick was also the Executive Head for HR with a leading Australian mining contractor. Warwick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Industrial Relations/Law) from the University of Wollongong.

Additional steering group members may be added at a later date.