Mining Work - where to find mining work in Australia

Mining Work

Where to Find Mining Work

Wondering where to find mining work? is the right place. There are many skilled and unskilled mining jobs that need to be filled right now in the mining industry in Australia. Much depends on where you live or where you want to live and work, especially if you are willing to FIFO(Fly in fly out).


There are 1000’s of jobs advertised for mining work in Australia and this is only one of the job boards that you might search, The mining industry is going through rapid growth in Australia right now and continued growth is expected as more and more capital investment rolls out across major projects.

Productivity increases signal the demand for reliable and conscientious workers who are willing to commit to a long term career in the mines and are not just focused on earning a high salary and leaving after a year or two.

The top locations for mining work include the Pilbara(WA), Bowen Basin (QLD), Surat Basin (QLD), Galilee Basin (QLD) and Mackay Coalfields (QLD). Major mining work can also be found in these States, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Mining companies look for reliable people on a regular basis including welders, supervisors, drivers, inspectors, engineers, electricians, equipment operators, project managers, construction managers and trainers.

There is also mining work in other countries, including Peru, South Africa, Mexico and Brazil. If you speak the language and are willing to relocate, you can live just about anywhere in the world and work in the mines. If you want more information on mining work and the courses you can do to make yourself more employable in the mines, see the list of courses below.

Learn more about the Bowen Basin mining location.

The Bowen Basin contains the largest coal reserves in Australia. This major coal producing region contains one of the world’s largest deposits of bituminous coal.

The Basin contains much of the known Permian coal resources in Queensland including virtually all of the known mineable prime coking coal. It was named for the Bowen River, itself named after Queensland’s first Governor, Sir George Bowen.

The Bowen Basin covers an area of over 60,000 square kilometres in Central Queensland running from Collinsville to Theodore and is dotted with many coal mines operated by multiple mining companies.

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

Caterpillar Haul truck 793

The 793F has a load cpacityof 226.8 ton (US) and a top speed of 60 kilometres an hour. It's a turbocharged air-to-air aftercooled diesel engine that has enhanced power management capability for maximum hauling performance. The C175-16 is a 16-cylinder, four-stroke design that uses long, effective power strokes for optimum efficiency.

The 793F, is an autonomous-driven truck. Over 100 793F trucks are now operating via Command for hauling, the Cat autonomous truck operations system, which is a part of Cat MineStar™

Read more about the CAT 793 automomous mining dump truck on our website.

Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)

Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.

RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.

Find out more about RII Competencies here

You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.

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