How to Get a Job at the Adelaide Rail Revitalisation Project

In the ‘How to get a job at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining and Construction projects all over the country.  In each post we will include an Overview of the project, a Location Profile, the Companies involved, the Occupations required, the skills / qualifications that will help you to get your foot in the door and the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements.  This will help you to stay in the loop and know how to skill up where needed.  The aim is to help you get yourself into the best position to land a start on the major sites and projects around Australia.


About the Adelaide Rail Revitalisation Project Overview

From the TransAdelaide Website

The biggest investment ever by a State Government in Adelaide’s public transport system has launched a very exciting period for TransAdelaide. The $2 billion investment will transform Adelaide’s network into a vibrant state of the art system providing faster, cleaner, more frequent and efficient public transport services for our community.

The ‘Rail Revitalisation Project’ contains major works such as the concrete resleepering of the rail network, upgrading of stations and facilities, electrification of rail lines, tramline extensions, the purchase of trams and electric trains, a new state-of-the-art smart card ticketing system and refurbishment of all and electric conversion of most of the 3000/3100 railcar fleet.

There’s also the relocation of the railcar depot from the Adelaide Rail Yards to Dry Creek where groundwork has started for the new facility. Federal funding has also been made available to extend the Noarlunga line to Seaford and bring forward by two years the upgrading of the Gawler line.


Location Profile – Adelaide

City of Churches, Australias Wine Capital, Adelaide Oval, Mt Lofty Ranges, Glenelg, Manufacturing, Technology, Tourism, Defence Industry, AFL, Beaches, Markets, Bars, Pubs, Cafes, Cricket, Cycling, Tour Down Under, The Ghan, Mountain Biking, Golf, Sailing, Boating, Fishing, Art, Entertainment

Population: 1.225,235  (2011 ABS)

City of Adelaide Council

Adelaide – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $180 – $700

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $185– $540

4 Bed 2 Bath – $290 – $1000

Adelaide – House Prices as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $130,000 – $590,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $130,000 – $700,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $180,000 – $1.790,000

Climate data for Adelaide
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high°C 45.7 44.3 41.9 36.9 29.2 25.4 23.1 30.4 34.3 39.0 43.0 42.5 45.7
Average high°C 29.3 29.5 26.5 22.7 19.0 16.1 15.3 16.6 19.0 21.8 25.2 26.9 22.3
Average low°C 17.1 17.2 15.3 12.5 10.2 8.1 7.5 8.2 9.7 11.4 14.0 15.5 12.2
Record low °C 9.2 9.5 7.2 4.3 1.5 −0.4 0.4 1.6 2.6 4.7 5.3 8.0 −0.4
Rainfall mm 19.7 12.8 26.5 39.3 61.1 79.9 75.7 69.9 59.4 41.5 30.3 30.1 546.3
Avg. rainy days 2.9 2.0 3.5 5.1. 8.8 11.3 12.0 12.1 9.0 6.7 4.7 4.4 82.5


Companies Involved with the Adelaide Rail Revitalisation Project

Electrification – Siemens,Invensys, Lang O’Rourke & John Holland
Scheduled completion late 2013.

Goodwood Juction – Theiss & York Civil
Began in Dec 2012 and scheduled completion late 2013.

Wayville Station – To be announced.
Starts early 2013 and scheduled completion late 2013.

Elizabeth Station Upgrade –York Civil
Works completed.

Tonsley Line – John Holland, Leightons & York Civil
Civil works complete, electrification  ongoing.

Gawler Line –John Holland, York Civil & Coleman Rail
Civil works complete, electrification ongoing.

Belair Line – John Holland & Leightons
Scheduled completion of civil and electrification late 2013.

Seaford Rail Extension –Theiss & McConnell Dowell
Scheduled completion mid/late 2013.

Adelaide Metro – John Holland , York Civil & Coleman Rail
Works completed.

Outer Habour & Grange Lines – To be announced.


Occupations Required at the Adelaide Rail Revitalisation Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades/Formworkers
  • Steelfixers/Concretors
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Adelaide Rail Revitalisation Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or SA Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Australian Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP’s, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
  • Safely Working at Heights for EWP workers
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • Dogging/Rigging Tickets
  • First Aid Certificate


Interstate Licence Recognition

A helpful tool to finding out whether your trade qualification needs mutual recognition when working interstate.
Check out the Cribhut Daily post – Thinking about Working Interstate – Licence Recognition

Adelaide Rail Revitalisation Project Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

An Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) is a collective industrial agreement between either an employer and a trade union acting on behalf of employees or an employer and employees acting for themselves.

At this stage of the project no EBA’s are available.  As companies are awarded contracts this EBA section will be updated.


Disclaimer: Cribhut provides this information with the best intentions, but purely as a guide.  Like most things in life, there are no guarantees.  Your lively hood is your own responsibility and even if following the above recommendations, it is still up to you to do your own research, to be patient, persistent and put in the hard work.

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