Can mining jobs in the Galilee Basin be just around the corner?
Should we believe everything we hear about the coal industry being in decline, or are there signs of a revival just around the corner?
More importantly, where are the new mining jobs and exactly what types of jobs will be in high demand.
Galilee Basin coal mine development
Mining jobs in the coal rich region know as the Galilee Basin in Western Queensland are once again on the agenda. With multiple mining projects progressing through various stages of approval, there’s the inevitable conflict and confusion starting to emerge as different factions state their case for and against the development of the Galilee Basin coal deposits.
iMINCO has been following developments in the Galilee Basin for almost 2 years and our focus was always to do a little bit of our own digging and help people who are looking to the mining industry to provide good career prospects.
For job seekers who are hoping for a shot at a well-paid mining career in Queensland, we’ll bring you up to speed with the Galilee Basin developments.
Recent reports have made mention of the fact that coal mining projects and port developments backed by the federal government could be delayed or rendered useless because of a lacklustre demand for Australian coal, particularly from developing countries like China.
Newly elected member for Fisher, Clive Palmer’s and his China First mine as well as Gina Rinehart’s 21 per cent owned Alpha Coal Project are once again under the spotlight by the media stalwarts.
Is there light at the end of the tunnel for jobs in mining – you decide?
Both Palmer and GVK Hancock sit primed and ready in Queensland’s Galilee Basin and if current predictions are to be believed, the miners could have production costs that may exceed the present day price for thermal coal – which sits around $94 a tonne.
Ever since Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the expansion of Abbot Point port that will service the Galilee Basin mines, new doubts have been raised as to the viability of the projects.
89 coal new mine projects waiting to kick off.
The new Oxford study report, commissioned by HSBC, clearly states that Australia has around 89 coal new mine projects waiting to kick off. This incredible statistic in itself paves the way forward for Australia to increase its annual coal output by more than 200per cent from 430 million tonnes in 2011 to about 980 million tonnes by the year 2020. A 200 percent increase in output means one thing – more jobs in mining.
The report goes on to say global coal prices, may come under pressure as the volumes of coal coming out of Australia’s coal mining expansion would account for around 20 to 40 per cent of global growth by 2020. Other developing countries like Indonesia, are also increasing their coal exports, making the industry super-competitive.
According to the Oxford study report, China’s demand for coal is changing owing to internal environmental factors, regulation, cleaner technology development, air pollution control systems, energy efficiencies and the development of new gas markets.
Indian power & energy companies have their sights set on Queensland coal
GVK say their Queensland coal mining projects are financially robust, with some of the lowest operating costs in the world at around $US55 a tonne free on board (FOB). The high-quality, low-ash, low-sulphur, low-gas thermal coal that sits and waits in the basin is millions of years old and make no mistake, GVK has its eyes on the prize.
Indian company Adani invests $2 billion in the Abbot Point coal terminal
450 new mining jobs at Daunia mine
Rail network agreement signals the green light for Galilee Basin jobs
GVK Hancock and Aurizon have collaborated to provide a total rail solution including development of port and rail infrastructure networks. It’s envisaged around 1300 mining jobs during the build stage and 300 long-term mining jobs could be created. When the thermal coal mine is eventually developed, the rail network will move thermal coal from the Galilee Basin to the coal export terminal at Abbot Point.
The race for private companies to develop the infrastructure pathways to the Galilee Basin has clearly begun.
BMA opens huge training facility in Queensland
Mining jobs of the future
With significant investment in mining training and a commitment by mining companies like BMA, mining job seekers should be starting to realise there is a future in the coal mining industry – you just have to know where to start looking.
The trick is to understand where the mining industry is heading and be aware of the changes in technology that along the way will create a whole new class of mining jobs.
Training and skills development will be the key focus for job seekers
Training and skills development will be the key focus for job seekers. In an industry that is literally reinventing itself, anything is possible in terms of employment opportunities, especially in areas like skilled engineering trades, electronics, infrastructure management, engineering and design, geophysics, safety and human resource management.
Checklist for getting into a mining job in the Galilee Basin
- Learn about the Galilee Basin. Research GVK, Hancock Coal and Adani. Just by visiting their websites, you can gather a lot of information about future development plans.
- Be prepared, get the right training for a job in the Queensland coal industry – Mining Induction (Standard 11). This is a Queensland government initiative. This course was also know as `Generic Induction`
- There are other mining courses you can do to up-skill yourself for the next wave of mining jobs in the Galilee Basin.
- You must pass a medical examination and be fit for work. You may need a current Coal Board Medical certificate before applying for mining jobs ““ it`s always a good idea to be totally prepared.
- You may also be required to undergo a chest x-ray at a cost of around $100.
- Expect to take a drug and alcohol test prior to starting work, with regular on-site testing being performed whenever you are on site.
- If you are not an Australian citizen or resident, you must have authority to work in Australia. See 457 Visas and eligibility to work in a mining job.
- Set up job alerts on SEEK, CareerOne, Indeed and other mining jobs boards.
- Search for ‘mining jobs Queensland’ on Google. An example of this would be to use the most common keywords like “GVK mining jobs queensland”, “Adani mining queensland”, “coal mining jobs hancock coal”, “galilee basin jobs” or “galilee basin job”..
- Prepare your resume and cover letter to be mining focused. A professionally, well written, mining focused resume, with targeted keywords and qualification highlights is essential.
Queensland mining jobs in the Galilee Basin are once again the topic of intense political debate. Queensland Premier Campbell Newman announced that coal mining in the resource-rich Galilee Basin could be worth $60 billion and have the capacity to create 15,000 mining jobs in Queensland.
Queensland`s Galilee Basin thermal coal project took a positive step forward this week with coal mine developer GVK Hancock and rail freight company Aurizon forming a new partnership.
The $14.2 billion Galilee Basin Alpha mining project is in the news once again with Indian company GVK hitting back after Greenpeace released a report saying its coal mining project in Queensland is not viable.
Recent environmental approval from the Australian government now allows for the Abbot Point coal terminal expansion to begin, creating more QLD mining jobs. Major dredging work will expand the coal shipping port in a bid to stimulate coal mining investment in the Bowen Basin and Galilee Basin.
The resource industry in Queensland seems to be working its magic throughout the mining regions of Queensland ““ a new report has revealed. Last financial year, there was a whopping $38 billion spent by mining and energy companies in Queensland