FAQs for Businesses

What does the Goldfields DAMA mean for local businesses, and does it present any opportunities? The below FAQs may help to address these and other immediate questions for local business owners and operators.

Why do we need DAMA for the Goldfields region?

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, along with the Shires of Coolgardie, Leonora and Menzies, are working tirelessly with the support of the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KBCCI), and Regional Development Australia Goldfields-Esperance, to attract Australian workers to the Goldfields region over the last few years with minimal success. Kalgoorlie Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a Kal Job Expo in March 2018, promoting over 1,000 job vacancies ready to be filled by the 1,000 job seekers who attended the Expo. However, only 30 families moved to the Goldfields after securing positions through the Expo. This is a good outcome from the Expo, but a lot more is needed if the City is to transform into a more economically diverse powerhouse and address labour shortages in the long term.
A Fly-in, Fly-out workforce is not a solution to supplement skilled labour shortages, as the City’s preferred option is a residential workforce. A residential workforce will help grow the City’s population aspiration to 40,000 by 2030, provide long-term stability to businesses and enable businesses growth. The Department of Training and Workforce Development recent labour market report estimated that around 334 (or 51 per cent) out of the 648 jobs listed on Seek for the Goldfields-Esperance region in October 2017 are mining related. Impact modelling undertaken using REMPLAN Economy estimates that if 334 jobs in a mining-related field were filled today, then this would support a further 234 jobs in supply-chain sectors and 171 in consumption-related activity. That is, for every direct job created in mining-related sectors, a further 2 jobs are supported in the broader local economy once flow-on supply-chain and consumption effects are taken into consideration. Today there are over 480 mining-related jobs out of the 800 jobs advertised for the Goldfields-Esperance region on Seek.

Other supporting reasons for the Goldfields DAMA include: 

  • The population in Kalgoorlie-Boulder is slowly declining, from a peak of 33,267 in 2013 to 29,469 in 2019.
  • There is now increasing competition for skilled workers within the Goldfields region, and from other regional cities around Western Australia because of new mines and increasing commodity prices.
  • We are also competing for skilled workers with Perth’s $1.1 billion Metronet project, and interstate cities who are also constructing and upgrading $30 plus billion worth of major infrastructure and rail projects.
  • With the National Disability Insurance Scheme rollout, it was estimated that the Goldfields-Esperance region would have 275 direct and indirect jobs by 2019-20.
  • In January 2018, it was estimated around 318 children were on the waiting list for full-time and part-time care because there is not enough childcare workers in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • More skilled labour workers are needed to increase apprenticeship and traineeship, including Aboriginal traineeship, intakes. We need more skilled workers to be able to train more apprentices, trainees and upskill young people and the local workforce in the Goldfields-Esperance region. 

In 2021, three additional Shires i.e. the Shires of Dundas, Esperance and Ravensthorpe joined the Goldfields DAMA program. Please contact dama@ckb.wa.gov.au for more information.

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