How to get a job at the Carmichael Coal Mine Project

How to get a job at the Carmichael Coal Mine 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 Carmichael Coal Mine Project

From the AdaniAustralia website

The Carmichael coal mine, railway and port project includes building Australia’s largest thermal coal mine in the north Galilee Basin approximately 160km north-west of Clermont in Central Queensland, linked by a new 388 km standard gauge rail line to a new terminal at Abbot Point Port near Bowen.

Adani plans to develop the T0 terminal which is adjacent to the existing T1 terminal within the existing port limits.  The construction of the T0 expansion at Abbot Point will involve the onshore construction of rail in-loading facilities, coal handling and stockpiles in areas with low environmental sensitivity. Conveyors will connect these facilities to two new ship loading berths around 3km offshore. 

The combined Carmichael coal mine, rail and port operations will provide over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs and supply opportunities for local businesses.

Over its 60 year life this major infrastructure will not only support Adani’s operations, but the 388 kilometre rail line and port facilities have the potential to assist the development of other proposed mines in the Galilee Basin.

The project benefits will be felt locally, regionally and across Queensland providing much needed job opportunities and generating around $22 billion in mining taxes and royalties in just the first half of the project life.


Occupations Required at the Carmichael Coal Mine Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Rigging / Scaffolding
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver / Railway Track Renewal & Track Laying Machine Operator
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Carmichael Coal Mine Project


Companies Involved with the Carmichael Coal Mine Project

Proposed plan for the Rail Infrastructure :

Adani and Korean multinational powerhouse POSCO have recently announced a joint venture to deliver the rail component, providing significant further impetus and investment confidence in the project.  POSCO E&C is one of the world’s largest construction companies and has significant experience in developing rail infrastructure. The North Galilee Basin Rail (NGBR) construction is expected to commence in early 2015.

Mine Infrastructure Construction Contract and Mine Services Contract :

Under the Carmichael coal mine infrastructure contract, Downer will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of on-site infrastructure and preparatory civil works for the Carmichael Coal Mine Project.

Under the five-year mining services contract, with two additional one-year options, Downer will be responsible for:

  •  statutory management and mine operations;
  • drilling and blasting; and
  • load and haul of waste and coal.

Abbot Point Port :

At this stage of the Carmichael Coal Mine Project there has been no announcements regarding the construction of the Abbot Point port facilities.

Adani Carmichael Coal Mine Project – General Registrations for Expressions of Interest, click here.


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


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


Carmichael Coal Mine Project Union Greenfields 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 any EBA’s are released they will be updated 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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