How to Get a Job on the AACo Abattoir Project – Darwin

How to Get a Job on the AACo Abattoir Project – Darwin

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 AACo Abattoir Project

From the AACo Website

Australian Agricultural Company Limited (AACo) has begun construction of a new, state-of-the art meat processing facility (Abattoir) at Livingstone Valley in the Northern Territory.

The facility will process more than 1000 head of cattle a day at full capacity, producing beef products, hides and rendered products for export markets in the USA, Asia and Europe.

Stock will be sourced from the northern areas of Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, serving northern Australia’s cattle industry which currently have no processing facility.

This new facility will allow cattle to be processed locally, reducing transport and freight costs, as well as carcase weight loss for northern producers. Currently cattle are trucked long distances to southern processing plants.

This will be a best-practice operation, using resources in an efficient, effective and ethical manner.

The project manager for construction is Darwin-based company Sunbuild. Constructionwill be complete in early 2014.

The facility will bring significant economic and social benefits to the Northern Territory, generating employment and creating opportunities for local companies. It will be the largest employer in the rural area of Darwin, employing 260 people working two shifts five days a week.

The facility will support 230 assembly jobs during construction and up to 260 operational jobs being created as processing levels increase.

AACo has a firm commitment to training staff with an emphasis on employing local people. AACo’s target is to employ at least 10 per cent Indigenous Territorians over time.


Location Profile – Darwin

Darwin, Top End, Stuart Highway, Litchfield National Park, Tropical Climate, Timor Sea, Casuarina Beach, Mindi Beach, Howard Sprinds, Humpty Doo, Berry Springs, Mining, Tourism, Gold, Zinc, Bauxite, Uranium, Oil, Natural Gas, LNG plants, Markets, Festivals, Beer Can Regatta, Stingers, Salties, Barra, Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Trial riding, Moto x, 4×4, AFL, Cricket, Marrara Oval, Hidden Valley Raceway, The Ghan, Stokes Hill Wharf Waterfront.

Population: 127,532 (2010)

Darwin City Council Link

Darwin Greater Region – Rents as at Feb 2013

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $330 – $1000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $470 – $1500

4 Bed 2 Bath – $560 – $2000

Darwin Greater Region – Prices as at Feb 2013

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $295,000 – $540,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $475,000 – $1,695,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $560,000 – $1,950,000

Climate data for Darwin
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 35.6 36.0 36.0 36.7 36.0 34.5 34.8 36.0 37.7 38.9 37.3 37.0 38.9
Average high °C 31.8 31.4 31.9 32.7 32.0 30.6 30.5 31.4 32.6 33.2 33.3 32.6 32.0
Average low °C 24.8 24.7 24.5 24.0 22.1 19.9 19.3 20.4 23.0 24.9 25.3 25.3 23.2
Record low °C 20.2 17.2 19.2 16.0 13.8 12.1 10.4 13.2 14.3 19.0 19.3 19.8 10.4
Rainfall mm 426.2 376.1 317.8 101.6 20.8 1.9 1.2 5.1 15.6 71.0 140.2 252.0 1,729.5
Avg. rainy days 21.4 20.4 19.6 9.3 2.2 0.6 0.5 0.6 2.4 6.7 12.4 16.8 112.9


Companies Involved with the AACo Abattoir Project

Sunbuild has secured the project manager contract on the AACo Abattoir Construction Project.  To go through to the Sunbuild website, click here.


Occupations Required at the AACo Abattoir Project

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


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the AACo Abattoir Project


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


AACo Abattoir Project Union 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 can be found, as they are found they will be uploaded into this article.


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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  1. Jonny brennan

    Hi im very interested in jobs in civil part of the
    Project , i am a formwork carpenter , should you
    Require a resume please let me know thank you

    • Owen

      G’day Jonny,

      You’ll need to send your resume through to Sunbuild mate as they are the project manager. It might even be worth calling there HR staff, introducing yourself and letting them know you’re interested in working on the project.

      Here’s the link to Sunbuilds website :



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