Mining jobs in Australia can become a dream come true for backpackers and immigrants, as salaries can easily reach $150000 a year! If you’re ready to do some physical work in remote areas, you can really strike it rich!
Before you go for mining jobs, don’t forget: you need travel insurance for your Working Holiday in Australia, especially if you’ll be working as a miner. I recommend getting your insurance from World Nomads.
Common Requirements for Mining Jobs Australia
We are often asked what are the best courses to take for a person who is looking at entering the mining industry.
There are so many different options and while some are position specific training courses, there are several things that the majority of positions list as requirements.
There is no guarantee that holding these certificates/requirements will get you a job in the mines. These are just common requirements that we have found on many job listings.
HR Drivers License
Trucks are everywhere in the mining industry and it’s not just dump trucks. While there is a lot talk about people wanting dump truck driver jobs, a regular HR (heavy rigid) license is sometimes more beneficial, as most positions require this type of license – even trade positions like boilermaker, plumber and electrician positions sometimes require one.
Licencing is through each states Department of Transport.
Positions: Most Mining Positions
A forklift is a handy license to have for many positions. While the most common jobs that requires it are warehouse workers, a lot of workplaces in the mining industry have stock, parts and things that need to be moved – so applicants with forklift licenses are highly desired.
Positions: Warehouse, Trade Assistants
Construction White Card
This is a requirement for anyone working on a construction site and it is common to see the construction white card to be listed on labourer and trades assistant. A ‘White Card’, previously known as a ‘Blue Card’ is a general construction safety induction and includes about a day of class time and can also be completed online.
Positions: Trade Assistants, Labourers
There are a few other things that are not courses but are requirements for almost all mining positions.
Coal Board Medical
This is a common, full medical check up (top to toe) performed by qualified doctors to make sure that you have no underlying conditions that may be adversely affected by working in the mines. As a lot of positions list this as a requirement, you can organise this yourself so that you can add the medical certificate to your applications. However some of the bigger mining companies have been known to pay for this medical for new employees. Cost usually range from $300-500.
Pass Drug and Alcohol Test
Mine sites are drug and alcohol free zones. As you are working with such big and powerful machinery, safety has to be a major priority. Prior to being accepted into almost any mining job, you must pass a standard drug and alcohol test, and you are required to have a zero blood alcohol level every day on the job. This means that you will usually have regular tests throughout your employment.
These are some of the common requirements for most entry-level and trade positions, but there may be additional, job specific things that individual positions may require.
The best thing that you can do is find as many job listings for the type of position you wish to apply for and find out what each of them list as requirements. If the majority of them list something, then there is a good chance that it will not only be necessary, but also beneficial for the position.
Mining jobs Australia: no qualifications? No worries
If you don’t have a specific mining qualification, there are still a few jobs you can apply for:
Admin Jobs In Mining
Types Of Admin Jobs In Mining
Here is an overview of a couple of different types of admin jobs that you might find in mining communities.
Mining workers need to get paid, which is why a quick search of jobs websites such as Seek will usually come up with a selection of payroll jobs for mining companies or towns. An additional position that fits in this category is that of Timekeeper , the role is responsible for verifying daily attendance of workers as well as the collecting and verifying of daily time records.
Most medium to large sized businesses have a receptionist and this is a great entry level mining position to start off in. These positions (including those of administration assistants) can be found quite regularly and traineeships are available.
HR & Recruitment
Mining recruitment is big business and with the amount of mining companies hiring, mining employment agencies are constantly looking to hire as well. For this position you will most likely need previous experience or training.
Cleaning Jobs In The Mines
The reason a lot of people are considering cleaning jobs in the mines is because they are the perfect way to get your foot into a community and industry that is so competitive.
There are plenty of different entry level jobs in mining communities, but the ones that are easiest to get are non-technical – and usually the ones that most people would not normally consider.
The Case For Cleaning Jobs!
Before you disregard cleaning jobs and try instead for a much more competitive entry level position like dump truck driver, let’s look at some of the reasons you may wish to consider a cleaning job in the mines.
You Are Living In The Community
One of the biggest problems with trying to get a mining job when you live outside of the location, is that a lot of companies prefer to hire locally (saves them on FIFO costs etc), so a lot of available jobs are not seen by out of town job seekers. So if you can get a job in cleaning or any other job that allows you to move to the mining community in which you want to work, it means you can support yourself while networking and looking for a the mining job you were initially hoping for.
The Pay Is Still Good
The good pay is not only for people working physically in the mines, but also in the whole mining communities. There are plenty of towns around Australia where the sole purpose of the town is mining, but all of the mining workers need to be supported – which opens a large opportunity for regular jobs in mining communities. However, since people rarely choose to work in these mining communities just because they want to, they are entices with better than average wages.
Where To Find Cleaning Jobs In Mining Communities
You have two main options when it comes to finding cleaning jobs in the mines:
- search local
- search national
A lot of these unskilled positions will be advertised in local papers and through local community mediums. So a good thing to do is to search online for the website of the local newspaper of the area you wish to work in and check to see if they have a careers classified. Not as many people will do this – so you will most likely have a lot less competition when applying for jobs.
Larger companies usually use a recruitment company and they like to advertise available jobs on popular career websites. Here are a few for you to check:
Cleaning Not Your Thing?
That’s ok! The whole point of this article was to give you an alternate entry into the mining jobs Australia industry. The concept would work exactly the same on a range of entry level positions. So whether you are looking for cleaning jobs in the mines or cooking, admin or retail, the important thing is to get yourself into the thick of things – living in the area you want to work.
Should I Move to Where The Mining Jobs Australia Are?
It is not uncommon (and you may be one) to have applied for hundreds of entry level mining positions on-line and not even received an interview. This is because there are thousands, even tens of thousands of people that are looking to get a start in the mines and they are all searching the same websites and applying for the same jobs.
This means that literally hundreds of people are applying for all the same jobs that you are applying for – which makes it understandable why you are making no progress, but that doesn’t really help. While this may make it seem like applying on-line is a waste of time, but if you want a job in the mines then you need to be taking every opportunity available.
Why Consider Moving To A Mining Town?
Before we jump into the reasons that put forward a case for moving to a mining area, here are a couple of reasons that people DON’T want to make the move.
- Don’t Have the Money
Moving across the state/country to live in an area where you have no job (no income) is not for the light hearted. Unless you have some savings built up or a partner who will stay home and work to support you while you are not working – making a blind leap like this can be a big challenge.
- Fear of the Unknown
What if you move to a mining town and after a month or more you still have no job? Making a move with no job to walk in to can be scary and this can definitely hold a lot of people back.
- Not Completely Serious
And for some people a ‘mining job’ is just something they like the idea of but they are comfortable enough in what they are currently doing, that something like this is not something that they would really consider.
So Why Make The Move?
Did you find yourself agreeing with any of the points mentioned above? You may be thinking about making the move but at the moment the negatives are outweighing the positives. So let’s have a look at some reasons you may wish to consider a move.
Most Entry Level Positions Are Not Advertised Online
Think about it for a second. If you were either a major mining company, or more likely a smaller contracting company to one of the bigger companies, would advertise Australia wide first – or try and recruit locally first? Especially with unskilled, entry level position, there are usually enough local workers willing to fill the positions that positions may not even get advertised – and if they do, it would just be locally through newspapers etc.
A Lot of Unskilled Work is Not FIFO
Carrying on from the thought that there are enough people looking for jobs in the mining communities that paying for someone to fly in and out (even to the closest airport) a couple of times a month is just an unnecessary cost for most companies. We are not saying that FIFO positions do you exist for entry level jobs – but they are a lot less.
You Can Network Face to Face
It is easy to get lost in a crowd of resumes when you are applying online, or even over the phone. If you are visiting companies and recruitment agencies face to face, you are not only showing that you are serious – but they also have a face that they can remember (especially if you drop in multiple times.
While moving permanently (or even temporarily) to a mining community does not automatically guarantee you a job, what it does is put you in the heart of the industry and allows you to get talk and network with people working (and potentially hiring) new workers.
A List of Popular Mining Towns/Areas
So if you are considering heading out to a mining community, where are the best places to go?
From our research the majority of mining positions in WA are in the Pilbara region, Kalgoorlie and Perth.
Mount Isa is a big mining town and Moranbah, Gladstone and other towns in central QLD are growing in popularity due to the coal seam gas and other mining and gas projects.
While there are mining communities all around Australia, the ones above are a great place to start. However, do your research and if there is somewhere closer to you, you may wish to look into this area – as you then may be able to drive in and drive out (DIDO) for the weekends.
How to Know if Mining Jobs in Australia Are Scams or Not
Mining is one of the biggest employment fields in all of Australia. It’s no wonder that mining job scams abound. The industry is rife with scams and the reason in part is because people don’t know how to tell a legitimate mining job recruiter from a phony.
Among some of the ploys used by operators of firms purporting to help people find jobs in mining Australia’s mining industry is the training class. Individuals hand over a fee in exchange for classes that are supposed to improve their chances of getting hired. Some even promise reimbursement by the mining company after being hired.
Others charge fees for “insider” information they promise will lead to a job in the mines. The jobs never materialize and the information tends to be worthless.
Some recruiters charge customers to help them with their resume. Once finished, they will supposedly submit it to mining companies on the client’s behalf but jobs never result.
Really shady operators will set up a recruitment office for a specific mine. They bilk hundreds of people out of money, promising employment when the mine opens. It is only much later that the swindled find out the mine never even existed.
Signs That the Offer is a Fake
1. There is no such thing as a guaranteed job in the mining industry. If that were true, no one would have to pay to get hired. Real hiring happens when a process is followed that ensures the best candidate for the job is hired.
2. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Desperate times can trick a rational person into believing the outlandish. Falling for a scam could leave you more broke than when you started.
3. Spelling or grammatical errors in the ad, materials or on the website are a clue that this may be a shady operation. Legitimate companies spend money to make sure their information is well-put together, spelled correctly and is free from errors in grammar.
4. Check out the contact information. Fake addresses or phone numbers are a sure sign of trouble. Be wary of ads and websites that list no contact information or of companies that are reluctant to give you contact information.
5. Is the offer realistic? Sometimes the offer is for a wage that is out of the norm, making the offer too good to pass up. This can be a lure. Another tactic is to offer jobs in another part of the world because it is more difficult to check on the authenticity of the job offering. Use a little logic before paying for a job. If the country where the supposed mining job is has a high unemployment rate, there would be no need to outsource the job to Australians.
6. It’s always good to ask around and get a second opinion before handing your hard earn cash.
A job in the Australian mines can lead to the life many dream of. Mining jobs in Australia are not as plentiful as they once were, opening the door to mining scams at every level of the industry.
A legitimate mining company will have ethical practices, be up front about their practices and policies and will never charge you for a job. If you are asked to pay for the application, training materials or information, walk away and report the matter to the Department of Consumer Protection in your area.