Collected at the end of May 2019, the data showed an additional 3,800 people have been employed in the oil and gas extraction industry compared with February this year, with only 100 of those not classified as full time.
All up, oil and gas accounted for 26,100 jobs.
Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA) Chief Executive Andrew McConville said the figures reinforced the sector as a key driver for the national economy.
“This sector underpins around 80,000 direct and indirect jobs – and hundreds of thousands of Australian jobs rely on the reliable, affordable and sustainable supply of oil and gas,” he said.
“Importantly, this growth is the result of investments made over the last decade.
“Future production and jobs growth will depend on investment decisions to be made now and in coming years.
“Confidence in the policy and regulatory framework facing Australia’s oil and gas industry will be vital to securing future investments.”
Mr McConville also noted that 6,600 women were employed across the industry, the largest number ever recorded for the sector.
“The industry remains committed to increasing the roles for women and these new figures are very encouraging for this key focus,” he said.
“Many oil and gas jobs are based in rural and regional towns, which provides a range of benefits including upskilling and educational opportunities as well as creating stronger, more resilient local communities.”
For more information visit the ABS website.
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