How to get a job on the Mitchell Freeway Extension Project

How to get a job on the Mitchell Freeway Extension 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 Mitchell Freeway Extension Project

From the WA Main Roads website

The Mitchell Freeway Extension project $160 million design and construct contract has been awarded to one of Australia’s biggest construction firms, Leighton Contractors, with site works now set to start during May 2015. Construction is to be completed by mid 2017.

The Mitchell Freeway Extension involves construction of six kilometres of freeway from Burns Beach Road in Joondalup to Hester Avenue in Clarkson, providing a more direct route and removing much of the congestion on smaller roads in the northern suburbs, resulting in more efficient travel.

From the Leighton Contractors website

The Mitchell Freeway Extension from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue will consist of two lanes in each direction, with the capacity to add a third lane in the future. North-bound and south-bound carriageways will be constructed on either side of the northern suburbs railway line. The project also includes:

  • Principal shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Extension of Neerabup Road east from Connolly Drive to Wanneroo Road
  • Duplication of Hester Avenue from Hidden Valley Retreat to Wanneroo Road
  • Grade-separated interchanges at Burns Beach Road, Neerabup Road and Hester Avenue.

Detailed design work will commence in April 2015 and construction is expected to commence in mid-2015. The Mitchell Freeway Extension is planned for completion by mid-2017. At its peak, project construction will provide employment for approximately 244 people.


Location Profile – Perth

Perth, Rottnest Island, Swan River, Fremantle, Rockingham, Cottesloe Beach, Mining Industry Bases, Manufacturing, Tourism, Beaches,  AFL, Surfing, Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Nightlife, Snorkelling, 4×4, Cycling, Golf, Shopping

Population:  1.728,800 (Greater Perth) 2011 ABS

City of Perth Council

Perth – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $190 – $650

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $260 – $ 700

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 320 – $ 1950

Perth – House Prices as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $150,000 – $1.000,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $200,000– $2.590,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $340,000 – $4.500,000

Climate data for Perth
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high°C 45.8 46.2 42.4 37.6 34.3 28.1 26.3 27.8 32.7 37.3 40.3 44.2 46.2
Average high °C 31.1 31.4 29.6 25.7 22.5 19.3 18.3 18.9 20.1 23.1 26.4 28.9 24.6
Average low°C 18.0 18.2 16.6 13.6 10.5 8.5 7.7 8.0 9.4 11.3 14.2 16.3 12.7
Record low°C 8.9 8.7 6.3 4.1 1.3 −0.7 0.0 1.3 1.0 2.2 5.0 7.9 −0.7
Rainfall mm 9.6 12.6 19.4 43.9 117.3 175.7 169.6 133.4 80.8 52.3 22.1 13.3 850.0
Avg. Rainy days 2.5 2.1 4.1 6.7 11.3 15.1 17.4 15.7 15.4 8.9 6.1 3.8 109.1


Companies Involved with the Mitchell Freeway Extension Project

Leighton Contractors – Awarded the $160 million design and construct contract for the Mitchell Freeway Extension project.



Occupations Required at the Mitchell Freeway Extension Project

  • Civil Building Trades
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Drivers
  • Asphalt Workers
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Electrical Trades
  • Rigging
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Health & Safety



Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Mitchell Freeway Extension 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



Mitchell Freeway Extension 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 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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