Associated non-technical skills (ANTS) are the cognitive, social and personal resource skills that complement technical skills and contribute to safe and efficient task performance. This initiative is targeting the key non-technical skills of:

  1. Communication
  2. Situation awareness
  3. Decision making
  4. Leadership
  5. Teamwork

The NSW mining and extractives industry has already embraced a range of initiatives to underpin the development of a world-leading WHS culture and practice.

ANTS are one of the NSW Mine Safety Advisory Council's key tools for delivering the mining industry's 2010 CEO Summit vision to build the capacity of the NSW mining and extractives industry.

One of the key elements of the Action Plan to build this capacity is to foster and promote the usefulness of ANTS. Competence in ANTS enables all who work in the industry to interact effectively. Research relating to incidents in high risk industry sectors such as aviation, medicine, oil and gas, and mining indicates that the failure of work systems to produce the WHS outcomes often result from inadequacy of ANTS.