The mining industry makes up a large portion of the gross domestic product (GDP) in
Australia, although securing human resources remains a problem in that field. The
aim of this paper is to identify Australian university mining students' preferences,
considering it as potential employees' preferences, for labour conditions at mining
sites by means of a discrete choice experiment to promote efficient improvements in
labour conditions in the mining industry. The data of 93 respondents analysed in this
paper was collected by survey carried out in two universities in Australia. The result
of the study showed that students have preferences on several factors such as wage,
fatality rate, working position, commuting style, and company. Students having specific
sociodemographic characters were found to show specific preferences on labour conditions.
The results of this study indicate the potential average of appropriate monetary compensation
for each factor.