How to Get a Job on the Sydney Light Rail Project

How to Get a Job on the Sydney Light Rail 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.  This week find out how to get a job on the Moreton Bay Rail Link Project…

About the Sydney Light Rail Project

From the NSW Gov Transport website

A central element of delivering Sydney’s Light Rail Future is the CBD and South East Light Rail project (CSELR).  The new Sydney light rail line will extend from Circular Quay along George Street to Central Station, through Surry Hills to Moore Park, then to Kensington and Kingsford via Anzac Parade and Randwick via Alison Road and High Street.

The project is estimated to cost approximately $1.6 billion.  Work will commence in 2014 and is expected to take five or six years to complete.

It is intended that CSELR will be delivered and operated by the private operating company appointed for the Sydney Light Rail network. The NSW Government will retain responsibility for service timetables and setting fare prices with light rail services to be included in the NSW Government’s integrated Opal ticketing system.

Key features

  • 20 light rail stops along the 12 kilometre route
  • high frequency, ‘turn up and go’ services every two to three minutes during peak periods in the CBD and every five to six minutes between Moore Park and the Randwick and Kingsford branches
  • additional special event services between Central Railway Station and the Moore Park and Royal Randwick Racecourse stops
  • major interchanges with ferry, heavy rail and bus services
  • a fleet of electric-powered Light Rail Vehicles’s (LRVs), approximately 45 metres long, with air conditioning and accessible low-floor design
  • a highly reliable service with the capability to carry up to 9000 passengers per hour in each direction
  • capacity for approximately 80 seated and 220 standing passengers in each LRV
  • a pedestrian zone on George Street between Bathurst and Hunter streets
  • public domain improvements including possible new public spaces, paving, trees, lighting and street furniture
  • approximately 12 substations to provide power for the LRVs
  • a stabling facility in Randwick and a maintenance depot in Rozelle


Location Profile – Sydney

The Harbour City, Bondi Beach, Opera House, Kings Cross, Harbour Bridge, Blue Mountains, Finance, Business, Tourism, Retail, Manufacturing, NRL, AFL, Cricket, Surf, Boating, Fishing, Cycling, Parks, Museums, Arts & Culture, Shopping, Beaches, National Parks, Live Music

Population: 4.391, 674 (Greater Sydney ABS 2011)

City of Sydney Council

Sydney – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 bed 1 bath – $260 – $900

3 bed 1 bath – $280 – $1200

4 bed 2 bath – $310 – $1750

Sydney  – House Prices at at Jul 2012

2 bed 1 bath – $190,000 – $1.300,000

3 bed 1 bath – $ 230,000– $2.200,000

4 bed 2 bath – $285,000 – $4.225,000

Climate data for Sydney
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 45.3 42.1 39.8 33.9 30.0 26.9 25.9 31.3 34.6 38.2 41.8 42.2 45.3
Average high °C 25.9 25.8 24.7 22.4 19.4 16.9 16.3 17.8 20.0 22.1 23.6 25.2 21.7
Average low °C 18.7 18.8 17.5 14.7 11.5 9.3 8.0 8.9 11.1 13.5 15.6 17.5 13.8
Record low °C 10.6 9.6 9.3 7.0 4.4 2.1 2.2 2.7 4.9 5.7 7.7 9.1 2.1
Avg. Rainfall mm 101.5 118.1 129.3 126.3 121.2 130.5 98.6 80.6 68.9 77.4 83.8 77.9 1213.2
Avg. rainy days 12.2 12.4 13.5 12.8 13.2 12.5 11.2 10.4 10.6 11.7 11.7 11.5 143.7


Companies Involved with the Sydney Light Rail Project

Laing O’Rourke – will carry out essential early preparatory works, including relocating buried utilities such as water, telecommunications, gas and electricity cables and pipes.

As this project is only in the early stages there has been limited announcements regarding contracts awarded to companies.  This article will be updated with the appropriate information as soon as announcements are made.

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Occupations Required at the Sydney Light Rail Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Sydney Light Rail 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


Sydney Light Rail 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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