The WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy has joined the Queensland Resources Council and SkillsDMC to tackle the worsening skills shortage in the mining industry.
The three-year, non-binding agreement will focus on collaborative policy development and implementation of skills initiatives.
CME chief executive Reg Howard-Smith said the WA and Queensland sectors were facing a significant period of project development, where tens of thousands of additional workers would be required over the next few years.
It's estimated the WA sector alone will require an extra 33,000 workers by the end of 2012.
Mr Howard-Smith said proponents in both states were confronted by similar workforce issues.
"Our ability to source skilled labour will prove vital in the delivery of projects on time and on budget," he said.