How to get a job at the Moranbah Expansion Project

How to get a job at the Moranbah Expansion Project

In the ‘How to get a start 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 Moranbah Expansion Project

From the ICN Website

The Moranbah Expansion Project involves the expansion of Anglo American’s existing Moranbah coal deposits.  The Project involves the development of new mines adjacent to its current Moranbah North operations.

Specifically, the Project will involve the construction and operation of two new underground mines which will produce more than five million tonnes per annum of coal for export.

Located approximately two hundred kilometres south-west of Mackay in Central Queensland, the existing Moranbah North mine currently produces four and a half million tonnes per annum of high-quality hard coking coal mainly for export to Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

The current Moranbah project began operating in 1998 with resources expected to facilitate a mine life of around 20 years.

The Project will involve significant investment in the upgrade and development of facilities and could potentially double production to around eight million tonnes per annum by 2016.

Broadly, the Project will include:

  • underground mining of the deposit using the longwall mining  method
  • the installation of a new overland conveyor linking the site with a  Coal Processing Plant (CPP) at Moranbah North
  • the upgrade and expansion of the existing CPP at Moranbah North to handle increased production
  • construction of two new CPPs
  • construction of a number of stacker and reclaimer machines
  • the development of new administration and warehouse buildings
  • the development of workshop and vehicle servicing facilities
  • the development of bathhouse and employee facilities.


Location Profile – Mackay and Coalfields

Mackay, Bowen Basin, Whitsunday Islands, Moranbah,  Airlie Beach, Dysart, Clermont, Great Barrier Reef, Beaches, Eungella National Park, Brampton Island, Coal Mining, Ports, Sugar Industry, Camping, Fishing, Hiking, Wildlife Spotting, Swimming, Golf, Sailing, Tennis, Football, Cricket, Soccer, Hunting, Baseball, Basketball, Netball, Bowls, Moto x, Trail riding, 4×4

Population (Region): 180,000 (2012)

Mackay Regional Council Link

Mackay Greater Region – Rents as at Feb 2013

2 bed 1 bath – $270 – $470

3 bed 1 bath – $340 – $550

4 bed 2 bath – $470 – $2500

Mackay Greater Region – House Prices at at Feb 2013

2 bed 1 bath – $240,000 – $565,000

3 bed 1 bath – $295,000 – $1,050,000

4 bed 2 bath – $385,000 – $1,900,000

Climate data for Mackay Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 35.8 37.3 34.1 32.9 29.8 32.0 28.5 32.1 35.4 38.5 36.6 38.2 38.5
Average high °C 30.1 30.0 29.2 27.6 25.1 23.0 22.5 23.6 25.7 28.2 29.4 30.6 27.1
Average low °C 22.9 23.2 22.0 19.3 15.4 12.6 11.0 12.0 14.6 18.2 20.4 22.2 17.8
Record low °C 16.5 18.0 14.2 7.8 3.8 1.7 -0.4 2.0 4.7 9.5 12.8 15.6 -0.4
Avg. Rainfall mm 316.8 371.2 240.0 170.4 92.2 63.2 35.7 36.8 27.7 35.6 84.2 134.1 1592.8
Avg. Rainy days 16.9 17.7 16.7 14.6 11.9 10.0 7.7 6.8 5.3 6.2 8.7 11.0 133.5


Companies Involved with the Moranbah Expansion Project


Civil, Concrete & Earthworks

BGC Contracting Pty Ltd – Bulk Earthworks – MIA ,ROM, Conveyor Corridor, Stockpiles & Dams – (Work Completed in August 2013)

BMD Group – Bulk Earthworks / Civils – Drifts – Cut & Cover (Arches) – Earthworks & Civil Construction

Hutchinson Builders – Civil – Crushing & ROM Area

Ausco Modular –  Construction Facilities

McNab – Design and construct administration, general facility and warehouse buildings

Materials Handling

Mainteck Pty Ltd – SMP – (ROM, Crushing, OLC & Raw Coal Stockpiles)


Persal & Co Construction Pty Ltd – 66kV OH line Installation to Perminant Substation

Southern Cross Electrical Engineering – Temporary power distribution installation (11kV)

O’DONNELL GRIFFIN Pty Ltd – Temporary power installation contract

Paramedic & Security

Corporate Protection Australia Pty Ltd – Site Security & Paramedic service to support the construction site.

Mechanical & Mining

The Eilbeck Unit Trust – Design, Manufacture and Supervisors of Crane & Hoist Installation.

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Occupations Required at the Moranbah Expansion Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning and Catering Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Underground Mining and Mobile Equipment Workers
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Moranbah Expansion Project

  • Coal Board Medical
  • Black Coal Competencies
  • Standard 11 Coal Underground
  • Standard 11 Coal Surface


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


Moranbah Expansion 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. Stuart

    Hi there,I currently work at a sand mining company but have been made redundant due to company closeing down I have my current qeensland drivers licence,dozer ticket,loader ticket,an much more to add plus 7years experience in the mining industry I have been trying to apply for a operator job on the caval ridge project but can not find a email address to send my resume/cover letter if you could send me a link or email address that would be help full thanks..

    • Owen

      Hey Stuart,

      Pitty about the job mate, but as the saying goes one door closes another one opens.

      About half way down the article there is a heading ‘Companies Involved…’ and a list of companies involved in the project.
      The company name is a link through to the relevant website. Unfortunately most of the larger companies use career portals instead of a direct email address, so you will need to register your interest to work or search for any opportunites on here.

      If you click through on the ‘Careers’ link once you are at the compnaies website, it will take you through to the career portal.

      Good luck mate!

      Owen @ Cribhut

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