Catering Jobs in the Mines

Catering Jobs in the Mines

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Catering Jobs in Mining

Many people have been able to get a start in mining though applying for catering jobs first. Taking this direction seems to be an easier option for some people but it is still not without hard work and determination.

We have had many people contact us and tell us they have been successful in getting a cleaning job but these people have been tenacious and methodical in their process of applying. I’ll give you a tip on how they did it below…

Although applying for cleaning jobs on mine sites are a great way to get a foot in the door but it is still very very competitive.

The people we have heard from who have been successful in getting a cleaning or catering job have done their research on the company prior to the interview. Mine site cleaning and service providers all have websites and some  are listed below.

The companies listed here provide a diverse range of services in mining camps and on the mine sites.

Some of the mining and resource industry the tasks for catering trades may include:

  • Monitoring compliance with health and fire regulations regarding food preparation and serving and building maintenance in lodging and dining facility;
  • Estimating food, liquor, wine, and other beverage consumption to anticipate amount to be purchased or requisitioned;
  • Organising and directing worker training programs, resolving personnel problems, hiring new staff, and evaluating employee performance;
  • Planning menus and food utilization based on anticipated number of guests, nutritional value, palatability, popularity, and costs;
  • Monitoring food preparation and methods, size of portions, and garnishing and presentation of food;
  • Investigating and resolving complaints regarding food quality, service, etc;
  • Creating specialty dishes and developing recipes;
  • Keeping records required by government;
  • Establishing and enforcing nutrition standards for dining establishment based on accepted industry standards;
  • Reviewing menus and analysing recipes to determine labour and overhead costs, and assigns prices to menu items, and
  • Monitoring budget, payroll records, and reviewing costs to ensure expenditures are authorized and budgeted.


Food/Beverage ““ Supervisor/Manager: $35,000 “” $120,000 Chef: $35,000 “” $80,000 Cooks: $32,000 “” $75,000


Entry to these occupations is generally through an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or higher qualification or at least 3 years relevant experience. In some instances relevant experience is required in addition to the formal qualification.

Cleaning and Catering Companies

  • J & L Mining Services: QLD based  business, employs  Boilermakers, Labourers, Plumbers, Carpenters, Cleaners and Admin.
  • Compass Group: Market leader in providing contract catering and support services.
  • Morriscorp: Management services to the remote resource, construction and defence sectors.
  • Action Catering: Catering and support services to the remote mining and construction industry.
  • Easternwell: Australia`s leading integrated energy and mining services provider.
  • The Mac: Develops, owns and operates high quality villages for people that work and live in regional areas.
  • Sodexo: World leader in remote site management.
  • Spotless: International services company specialising in outsourced facility management.
  • ISS Australia: Involved in some of Australia`s largest and most exciting projects and clients.
  • Wilson Security: Provide a range of specialist security, safety and emergency management services to many of Australia`s leading resources companies.
  • Global Security Management: Provider of security, risk management, safety, medical and emergency management services to organisations within the resources, mining, construction, maritime, heavy industry and government sectors.
  • Secure Corp: Provides a range of integrated facilities management services.
  • Evolution Facility Management: Queensland company that provides hotel style services to the remote industry.
  • Cater Care: Leading providers of contract catering, accommodation and facility management services.
  • DCL Services: WA company providing catering, accommodation services and facility management.
  • Australian Camp Services: Specialise in remote site services, accommodation supply, catering, and associated services.




  1. Jaiden December 11, 2012 Reply

    Hi I’m looking to get a full time job as a cook in the mines, I have 3 years experience at hogs breath cafe as a cook/kitchen hand. How can I apply?

    • John December 13, 2012

      Hi Jaiden
      1. Get a good mining focused resume prepared on your behalf. This will really give you a head start over other people applying for the same job.
      2. Do a mining safety course to show the mining employers you are ready to start work today!
      3. Just start to look for catering jobs in the mines on SEEK, CareerOne, Indeed..even Google, there are plenty of jobs out there for good people who have experience and are willing to do the work.

      iMINCO Mining Information
      r.e. Catering jobs in the mines.

    • Jasmine February 1, 2016

      Hi..i not sure have you complete Comercial Cookery, as mine site you have to be caulified as they will asked you to ahow certificate. You will need food safety certificate, Apply FirstAid, be able to multi task,as we cook between 400-800 man Camp,roster 2 week on 1 week of,sad news is not much money any more. .unlike 10 year ago,line chef get almost $95000.00,keep in mine very HARD work away from home…very hot still word to try,my advice try Hay’s. ..which labor hie of luck..worth to try,

  2. Nina August 7, 2012 Reply

    Hi, I was wondering if there is anything in particular that should be on a resume for gaining employment as a chef in the mines. I have over 20 years experience, including fine dining, large banquets and festivals. I am currently a Head Chef. I have great experience in all aspects of the kitchen and hold a Diploma of Cookery.

    • Pete August 8, 2012

      Hi Nina
      To get a foot in the door in any job, your resume has to be correct and look professional. No matter what job you are applying for, you must make your resume mining focused and be written in such a way that it reflects not only your experience as a chef, but also addresses the catering issues that mining companies are experiencing and highlight some of the achievements you have reached in your career. (see my tips for creating a mining focused resume) These sort of things are usually addressed in your cover letter.
      One tip I can give you is to go to, I’ve found some chef jobs in the mines for you to take a look at using a search for ‘chef fifo’. There are many searches on Google you can do like ‘catering jobs in mines’, ‘FIFO catering jobs’, ‘mining jobs for chefs’, ‘chef jobs mining’ on Google too. Many of the jobs will be FIFO, so you must be prepared to live this life for a while and work to a strict rostering system too. Don’t forget to read part 2 of our mining resume tips and you may just want to take advantage of a mining resume writing service to maximise your chances of getting that all important first interview.

  3. brendanmooney July 3, 2012 Reply

    hi im looking for a new location and hope to here from your work place I’ve been doing chef work for eight years and always wanted to get in this type of place I’m a very hard worker and dedicated to my job, hope to hear from you. Thanks for your time.

    • Pete August 8, 2012

      Hi Brenda
      See my comments that I made for Nina who was also looking for a chef or catering job in the mines. It’s got some good tips to help you land that mining job you’re looking for.
      Read my reply to ‘getting a job in the mines as a chef or a catering provider

      iMINCO Mining Information
      r.e. Looking to get into mining as a chef

  4. Bron July 2, 2012 Reply

    Hi, I’ve been looking for cooking jobs for the past 7months. I’m interested in camp cook/cleaner positions or kitchenhand on a remote site or in a mine in Qld. I have the capacity to work hard and ensure that the people are well looked after. What job sites would be useful to me? Regards, Bron.

    • Pete August 8, 2012

      Hi Bron
      There are a lot of places to find mining jobs and online is the best place to start. Mining job boards like and,,, are good places to start. has a lot of mine site cleaner jobs – take a look. Google mining jobs related to the roles you are looking for such as ‘mine site cleaner jobs’, ‘cleaning jobs mining industry’, ‘cleaning jobs in the mines’ – you’ll find a load of jobs on offer. Make sure you have a mining focused resume too, it’s often the first point of contact with your future employer. There’s a lot of competition to get mining jobs, so you have to stand out with a professional mining resume and you also have to have completed the right mining induction course, especially if you want a mining job in a Queensland mine.

      iMINCO Mining Informaiton
      r.e. what jobs in a mine site would me in a mine site – entry level?

  5. Tim Mcguigan June 22, 2012 Reply

    hey my name is Tim im 22 years old im a quilfied chef looking to get a job in the mines at the moment would u be able to help me out what i would need to do our see people and i have tried all the website for catraring but there just saying i need eperince befor i can ge in i have been doing chefing for 7 years now cheers

    • Pete August 8, 2012

      Hi Tim
      I know it can be frustrating when you get told you need experience even though you’ve been a chef for so many years, but don’t give up. Keep trying, go online and do your research, keep looking on the mining job boards like SEEK and Career One. Do a yellow pages search for catering companies that supply mine sites. Google ‘mining catering jobs’, or ‘mine site chef jobs’ there are always a lot of lists of websites that advertise chef jobs in mine sites. Focus on your resume, make it relevant to mining, show the mining companies you’re applying to that you understand the issues and problems they are trying to solve, give them solutions and be the one that they rely on to run their catering operations without a hitch. Big responsibilities there, but this is the approach you need to take.

      See my comments that I made for Nina who was also looking for a chef or catering job in the mines. It’s got some good tips to help you land that mining job you’re looking for.
      Read my reply to ‘getting a job in the mines as a chef or a catering provider. Good luck Tim,, let us know how you go.

      iMINCO Mining Information
      r.e. Looking to get into mining as a chef

  6. Tani March 9, 2012 Reply

    All those looking for jobs in the mines, go to all the catering companies i.e.,,, There are many more and if you are ready to start immediately, you are likely to be called once they receive your resume online. Every company is desperate for workers especially those with trades. Take the time to check them all out and go for the one whom is offering a great work place. Its not always about the money. It certainly makes a difference when you can work in a good working environment. You will last longer and be happier to FIFO. Good Luck.

    • pete March 9, 2012

      Great info Tani. These are the major players in mining catering in Australia. They each have recruitment pages on their websites.
      Thanks Pete iMINCO

  7. carl December 29, 2011 Reply

    hi my name is carl im a chef from perth im 29 and have lots of experiance at the head and sous level im very keen to find sum fifo work as perth restaurants dont pay well at all im sick of working 70hrs a week and only geting paid for 30 im a very hard worker where should i look to find a job that pays what hardworking chefs deserve?

  8. Daniel December 15, 2011 Reply

    hi, i am an Army cook. 4 years exp, have had alot of experience with bulk cooking and working in remote locations.
    considering going to the mines to cook.
    Fly in fly out.
    Are there many positions going?
    Where would i apply? and what are the pay and conditions like?

    • iMINCO December 15, 2011

      Hi Daniel
      You might want to try a few different emoployers like Morris Corporation jobs or try sodexho group jobs or compass group. Most of the conditions vary from employer to employer but there is definately a need for more cooks because the size of the camps are getting bigger and bigger.
      pete iMINCO
      RE: jobs in catering in the mines

  9. Nathan August 24, 2011 Reply

    I have experience as a kitchenhand, chef & catering.
    I am interested in working for a mining company.
    Please email with information on how to apply.

  10. Paul Brant August 9, 2011 Reply

    G’Day. I’m a qualified Cheff i have had over 20yrs exp in bulk cookery and fine dinning, i’m looking for full time work fi/fo brisbane area. Who do i contact

    • Jasmine February 1, 2016

      Check on Cater Care hey FIFO,keep checking…more of catering company is cutting cost, mean thy look ing for DIDO workers so they dont have to paid for fligh…good luck

  11. emma June 4, 2011 Reply

    Hi, im looking to know how to get a job in the mines i have been wokring in hospitality for 8 years just wondering where i start??

    • Jasmine February 1, 2016

      Try Hays..

  12. Rachelle June 2, 2011 Reply

    I am looking for a position in Hospitality for the mines. I have 10 years experience in food and beverage service and 5 years experience in Training and Assessment. I have a certificate IV in Hospitality and a Certificate IV in Training and assessment.

  13. justin leather May 23, 2011 Reply

    hi , iam a cook with over 20 years experiance, i want to get into the mines , ihave done breakfast cooking through to short order, bulk cooking and fine dinning. what do i do next … thank you ,justin

  14. silvester devasagayam May 3, 2011 Reply

    I am interested to work as Barman or Waiter…excellent knowledge in food & beverage

  15. NEVILLE SHARMA April 5, 2011 Reply

    i have been in the catering industry for over 25 years owned my own business for 15 years i have extensive experience in clubs hotels and restaurants i have done bar work i can butcher and bake have had management skills in all aspects of catering think working in the mining industry side of catering would be a great challenge and i feel i am up to it thank you

  16. Paul Wilson March 31, 2011 Reply

    Hi Iam 23 and a hard worker Barista and allrounder in the kitchen . done short order cook duties and well as breafasts really want to get into the industry live in NSW .

  17. Paul Wilson March 31, 2011 Reply

    Hi Iam 23 hard worker barista allrounder in the kitchen use to long hours. Really want to break into working in the mines.
    can you help

  18. raj gurung October 13, 2010 Reply

    hi iam working in hotels from 14 years now , i heard there is good money in mining within the hospitality division, i have worked as waietr and barman , is money really good in mines for hospitality jobs , after the flying costs, thank you

  19. Anthony Burns August 14, 2010 Reply

    I an currently employed by the Commonwealth Government for over 20 years. I also work night fill at my local supermarket. I am interested in a career change. One move, would be to gain experience in the hospitality industry withi the mining sector. From there, I receive training in other key areas, and from there move up ladder. I am looking for FIFO type of work. Do you have any suggestions that could assist me in the matter?

    • ANNETTE August 21, 2010

      Hi guys,

      Try Compass Group, at the moment they have a lot of vacanies with mining companies…..

      Compass Group Australia employs thousands of people around Australia. Our great people understand what it is to win through teamwork, embrace diversity, …

      They do their own recruitment.. good luck!!!!



    • Nishant November 30, 2011

      Hi Annette,
      I was moving down to townsville, Queensland. And was seeking for a hospitality job with good money. Like every other person, I came to know hospitality jobs in mines pay you good bucks. Can you please suggest me where I can drop my resume.

    • SiteOwner November 30, 2011

      I would try the sodexho website for any catering positions in the mines or catering positions in the mines

  20. Robin Parry May 26, 2010 Reply

    I am a qualified chef and looking at getting a job in the mines. Where do i start and who do i contact
    Thanks Robin

  21. joe perry May 12, 2010 Reply

    hi im a qualified chef 20yrs exp looking for fulltime work fifo ok.thanks

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