Welcome to AUSMESA


We are an independent, industry-led organisation aiming to support and transform Vocational Education and Training (VET) delivery across the mining and resources and automotive sectors.

In December 2022, we were announced by Australian Government Minister for Skills and Training Brendan O’Connor as one of 10 new Jobs and Skills Councils (JSCs) to help address skills shortages and broader workforce challenges.

Our focus will be Mining and Automotive, covering industries involved in mineral exploration and extraction operations and automotive as well as emerging industries covering driverless automotive technologies.

Formerly known as Industry Clusters, the new JSCs will have a strong connection to Jobs and Skills Australia, aligning with the Australian Government’s vision for new industry engagement arrangements.

Led by industry, the JSCs will bring all parties to the table to find solutions to the workforce challenges and skills needs currently facing industry sectors across Australia.

This commitment to tripartite leadership will bring together employers and unions that work in partnership with governments and the training sector.

AUSMESA initiatives will strengthen Australia’s VET system by building partnerships with governments, industries, employees and educators. These initiatives will ensure these systems are respected by employers, responsive to changing technologies, and flexible to market demands.

In previous years, we were contracted by the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to deliver the Mining Skills Organisation Pilot Program.

Our Mission

To build a robust, agile and sustainable workforce for Australia’s mining and resources and automotive sectors

We are creating conversation and connection across the Australian mining and resources and automotive sectors to improve the accessibility, quality and efficiency of training for these industries.

Our project hubs are developing solutions to address workforce planning challenges across the Australian resource sectors by testing new ideas that focus on building sustainable practices to meet future opportunities.

We’re supporting Vocational Education and Training providers to offer strengthened training outcomes for learners, and deliver enhanced workforce capabilities for employers.

Our initiatives will support the necessary growth needed for change by ensuring that employers in the sectors have access to workers with the right skills, at the right time.

As Australia transitions to the workforce of the future, the AUSMESA community will lead, enable, and empower establishing successful and sustainable community focused industries for generations to come.

Our Vision

Driving workforce capability for all stakeholders, now and into the future


Identify and facilitate action to address emerging issues that impact the mining and resources and automotive sectors’ future workforce capacity

Facilitate initiatives that optimise attraction, entry, advancement and retention of the sector’s workforce

Ensure workforce capability development remains relevant and adapts to meet sector’s future requirements

Establish regionally relevant national standards for the sector

Build AUSMESA’s sustainability to ensure its ongoing viability


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