Getting into mining

The mining industry offers a plethora of employment opportunities to skilled and unskilled workers.

Initially it may be difficult getting ‘your foot in the door’, but this can be overcome by thoroughly researching mining companies, current vacancies, types of entry level roles and qualifications necessary to gain employment.

The best way for you to gain experience is to seek out companies operating in your local area. The mining industry within Australia has a general commitment to supporting local communities and employment arrangements may be in existence.

For a comprehensive list of job types across Australia in all industries we recommend the Australian Government’s Job Outlook information website.

Entry level roles

Entry level roles may include mining and process operator roles which involves the operation of heavy machinery/equipment in either in the mine or processing mill.

Qualifications that are best suited to entry level roles include:

  • Bogger Licence
  • Bulldozer Licence
  • Crane Licence
  • Dogging/Rigging
  • Elevated platform
  • Excavator Licence
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Forklift Licence
  • Grader Licence
  • Heavy Rigid (HR) Vehicle Truck Licence
  • Scaffolding
  • Skid Steer Loader Licence
  • Working in confined spaces

Trade roles within the mining industry require individuals to demonstrate licences, tickets or apprenticeship qualifications.

It is up to you to identify the best training providers in your area. Be careful to ensure that all training assessments are carried out by a registered company, are recognised nationally and comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework.

Obtaining a support role is another way to get your ‘foot in the door’. Living and working on a remote site will provide you with invaluable practical experience. Catering, gardening, administration and housekeeping support roles are typically outsourced to a labour hire company such as Morris Corporation or ESS. Contact labour hire companies directly to gain more information on support roles.

Professional roles in demand

We have identified the professional roles that we see as critical to our business and are always keen to speak with qualified professionals from these disciplines. Find out more about roles in demand.

Submitting your application

When applying for roles, keep the following things in mind:

  • Before applying, research the different roles available and decide upon the specific role that you would like. Please ensure you obtain the licences, tickets and/or qualifications relevant to that role.
  • Ensure that you are as flexible as possible – this includes being prepared to relocate if required.
  • Remember to conduct yourself professionally at all times. Even though you may be unsuccessful for one opportunity, it is important to remain professional in order to be considered for any future opportunities.