How to get a job at the WICET Project – Gladstone

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.


 The WICET (Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal) Project Overview

From the WICET website

The Project involves the funding and construction of a new coal export facility which will be situated just west of the existing RG Tanna Coal Terminal in Gladstone Harbour. The Terminal will be located at Golding Point on land leased from the Gladstone Ports Corporation within Gladstone State Development Area. The site is accessed via Mt Larcom Road.

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd (WICET) is owned and being developed by existing and potential coal exporters located in Queensland to provide increased long term export coal capacity.

The Terminal will be located at Golding Point, to the west of the existing RG Tanna and Barney Point Terminals.

Once fully commissioned, the multi-billion dollar industry-owned and privately funded Terminal will provide over 80 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) in additional export coal capacity through the Port of Gladstone.

The WICET consortium includes eight Stage One owners:

  • Aquila Resources
  • Bandanna Energy
  • Caledon Resources
  • Cockatoo Coal
  • Northern Energy Corporation
  • Wesfarmers Curragh
  • Yancoal
  • Xstrata Coal

Currently under construction, WICET has the combined support of the Queensland Government, Gladstone Ports Corporation and other infrastructure providers to deliver the Project using an industry-owned and privately funded structure. The first coal shipments through the initial development of the new Terminal are planned from 2014.

The Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET) has the potential to be one of the largest of its kind, using modern technology to assist Queensland coal exporting to be competitive.

Main components of the Terminal

  • A rail receival dump station designed to handle 7600 tonnes per hour
  • A 5.5km long overland conveyor
  • Stockyard area for 1.9 million tonnes of coal
  • Materials handling and sampling systems feeding the 2km long jetty conveyor
  • Single berth with a travelling ship loader to fill ships at 8250 tonnes per hour
  • Channels and wharf to accept a range of vessels from 40,000dwt to 220,000dwt
  • 132kV substation, access roads, workshops, administration offices and amenities

The estimated cost to build the project is $2.5 billion and will provide 800 jobs on site during the construction phase and employ up to 120 personnel during operation.

Capacity Commitments confirmed for WICET Stage Two

WICET has executed Capacity Commitment Deeds with four coal producers for 32.2Mtpa of
additional export capacity to support the proposed second stage of the terminal (WEXP1),
planned for completion in 2016.

The four coal producers and their respective source mines are:
Aquila Coal – Washpool
Cockatoo Coal (on behalf of the North Surat Joint Venture) – Collingwood
Stanmore Coal – The Range
Xstrata Coal Queensland (on behalf of the Wandoan Joint Venture) – Wandoan.

WICET is progressing engineering, early works and working with the four producers and the
associated infrastructure providers to plan and align financing and delivery of the WEXP1 project.

The Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal has approval to provide more than 80Mtpa of coal export

Construction of the 27Mtpa Stage One is well underway with first coal shipments planned in 2014.


Location Profile – Gladstone & Central QLD

Gladstone, Tannum Sands, Boyne Island, Biloela, Moura, Agnes Waters, LNG, Coal, Alumina, Aluminum, Cement, Power Station, Curtis Island, Wiggins Island, Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Trial riding, Moto x, 4×4, Drag strip, Surf (just), Kite Surfing and Cinemas.

Population: 60316 (2010)

Gladstone Regional Council link

Gladstone Region – Rents as at Jan 2012

  • 2 Bed 1 Bath –  $300 – $490
  • 3 Bed 1 Bath –  $310 – $575
  • 4 Bed 2 Bath – $550 – $2000

Gladstone Region – House Prices as at Jan 2012

  • 2 Bed 1 Bath –  $295,000 – $455,000
  • 3 Bed 1 Bath –  $370,00 – $1,100,000
  • 4 Bed 2 Bath – $401,543 – $1,300,000
Climate data for Gladstone Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 37.4 35.5 41.0 33.7 30.4 29.9 29.6 31.9 32.7 35.9 36.7 39.3 41.0
Average high °C 30.7 30.5 29.8 28.0 25.6 23.3 22.9 23.7 25.9 27.5 28.7 30.0 27.2
Average low °C 23.0 23.0 21.7 19.0 15.4 13.2 11.7 12.6 15.6 18.6 20.5 22.1 18.0
Record low °C 18.0 17.0 15.0 8.7 4.9 5.2 5.0 3.5 7.2 11.0 11.0 16.7 3.5
Avg. Rainfall mm 111.8 183.9 71.1 43.4 34.1 42.6 26.3 36.6 32.1 59.2 59.3 121.0 819.1
Avg. Rainy days 11.1 12.1 8.2 5.8 5.3 6.3 4.6 4.4 4.3 7.2 7.7 10.4 87.4


Companies Involved with the WICET Project

Monadelphous Muhibbah Marine Joint Venture (MMMJV) Jetty and ship berth marine works If you are interested in employment opportunities, you can email your resume to
For more information call (07) 3368 6700 or visit
Abigroup Golding Joint Venture (AGJV) Bulk earthworks North of Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road
(Civil Construction)
If you are interested in employment opportunities, visit for details.
For Further Information call (07) 4962 0800
Civil Mining and Construction (CMC) Bulk earthworks – South of Gladstone-Mt Larcom Road  If you are interested in employment opportunities, you can email your resume to
For further Information call (07) 4977 8901
Worley Parsons Procurement and construction and management (White Collar Managements and Engineering)
Hatch, part of AureconHatch Engineering management contractor (Engineering, Drafting)
WICET Project Owners


Occupations Required at the WICET Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Scaffolding
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning and Catering Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the WICET Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or QLD Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Australian Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. EWP’s, Forklifts, Mobile Crane, Loaders.
  • Safely Working at Heights for EWP workers
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • Dogging/Rigging Tickets
  • First Aid Certificate


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


Enterprise Bargaining Agreement

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.

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Construction Union Greenfield Agreement 2011


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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  1. Rico

    Hi I’m Rico Campbell and seek a job with wiggins coal mine export I believe I have the nessersary skills to be an asset to your team.I have allready sent through my resume I am an ambitious young man,reliable,punctual,good work ethic and take pride in what daily tasks are thrown at me I applied for a steelfixing
    position so please don’t hesitate to take a look and I look foward hearing for you in the near future.if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me on 0424819340 thank you for taking the time to read this.
    Kind regards
    Rico Campbell

  2. Owen

    Hey Rico,

    Good to see you’re keen mate! Did you send your resume through to one of the companies from the above article?

    Cribhut doesn’t have links to this project, we will help these companies find workers, if they require our service.

    Have you created a profile on Cribhut is a free service for Blue Collar Workers, it helps because Cribhut allows Employers to send you job invitations that suit your qualifications and experience via text message, email and on your cribhut dashboard.
    No more searching for jobs online or in newspapers.
    It would be great to have you on board.

    Cheers mate

  3. Mr Sidney.EXTON

    hello my name is sidney exton i am looking to get back into the mining industry.. i have signed up for the crib hut and have left my resume.
    i have been in the construction industry for over 20 yrs now and have extensive knowledge in concreting, form setting, steelfixing, labouring and trades assistant.. i am a non drinker and smoker and im a big islander strong and fit.. hope you guys could use me in any mining work, i am able to start asap. thankyou for you time,
    syd exton…

    • Owen

      Hey Sidney,

      How are you mate? Firstly great stuff with the Cribhut profile mate!

      Just a heads up, isn’t a recuitment agency, once you have complete a profile, the website will automatically send you job invitations that match with your occupation, experience, licences and preferences to your mobile phone as a text message, email and also on your Cribhut dashboard.

      It’s really handy that you have experience in the construction and mining industries, that will go along way to helping you get a job.

      Have a look through the CribhutDaily website and in particular the ‘getting work’ topic, we run articles of projects starting up around Australia. There is information about which company is involved with specific works on each site.

      Also this link will give you a list of companies that are worth contacting for employment.

      We are slowly building our employers up, and hopefully will have work coming through that suits your situation soon.

      Cheers mate,


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