How to get a Job at the Darwin Correctional Facility

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 Darwin Correctional Facility Project

From the Sitzler website and Northern  Territory Governement website

The construction phase of the $495M Darwin Correctional Facility will create in excess of 1000 jobs and will be a stable source of work for many local contractors over the next three years.  Approximately 20 apprenticeship positions will be generated from the work.  Stage 1 early works comprises site clearing and bulk earth works to critical path areas of the correctional centre footprint and establishment of the main site accommodation.  Stage 2 comprises the building works during 2012 and 2013.  It is estimated that building and associated works on site will peak at around 600 workers in the first quarter of 2013.  Sentinel is scheduled to commence commissioning of the security system across the Precinct and completion of works external to the correctional centre and MHBM facility during the first half of 2014.  A 28‑day fault‑free running period will commence late May/early June 2014.  The Darwin Correctional Precinct will be fully operational with facility management services commencing 1 July 2014.

The Northern Territory Government has entered into a Project Deed with Sentinel for the design, construction, finance and maintenance of:
• an 800-bed correctional facility (with capacity for a further 200 beds)including low, low-open, medium and maximum security and remand facilities for males and females;
• a 30-bed mental health and behavioural management unit;
• a 48-bed supported accommodation and program centre; and
• provision of a range of facilities management services across the facility for a 30-year period.
The Precinct is located on a greenfield site at Taylor Road, Holtze approximately 29 kilometres by road from Darwin CBD.


Project objectives

In order to achieve meaningful and lasting change, the Northern Territory Government has developed the New Era in Corrections to address the over‑representation of Indigenous people in secure custody and to break the cycle of offending, while ensuring those Territorians who are in secure custody are managed in accordance with Australian and International guidelines for correctional centre facilities.
To support the New Era in Corrections the new facility will enable each prisoner to be actively engaged each day in education, rehabilitation programs, life skills programs, work skills programs, community work or facility maintenance to encourage and support meaningful change for their eventual return to the community.


Location profile – Darwin

Darwin, Top End, Stuart Highway, Litchfield National Park, Tropical Climate, Timor Sea, Casuarina Beach, Mindi Beach, Howard Sprinds, Humpty Doo, Berry Springs, Mining, Tourism, Gold, Zinc, Bauxite, Uranium, Oil, Natural Gas, LNG plants, Markets, Festivals, Beer Can Regatta, Stingers, Salties, Barra, Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Trial riding, Moto x, 4×4, AFL, Cricket, Marrara Oval, Hidden Valley Raceway, The Ghan, Stokes Hill Wharf Waterfront.

Population: 127,532 (2010)

Darwin City Council Link

Darwin – Rents as at April 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $330 – $1000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $430 – $1500

4 Bed 2 Bath – $480 – $2000

Darwin – Prices as at April 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $295,000 – $540,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $350,00 – $1,695,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $535,000 – $1,950,000

Climate data for Darwin
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 35.6 36.0 36.0 36.7 36.0 34.5 34.8 36.0 37.7 38.9 37.3 37.0 38.9
Average high °C 31.8 31.4 31.9 32.7 32.0 30.6 30.5 31.4 32.6 33.2 33.3 32.6 32.0
Average low °C 24.8 24.7 24.5 24.0 22.1 19.9 19.3 20.4 23.0 24.9 25.3 25.3 23.2
Record low °C 20.2 17.2 19.2 16.0 13.8 12.1 10.4 13.2 14.3 19.0 19.3 19.8 10.4
Rainfall mm 426.2 376.1 317.8 101.6 20.8 1.9 1.2 5.1 15.6 71.0 140.2 252.0 1,729.5
Avg. rainy days 21.4 20.4 19.6 9.3 2.2 0.6 0.5 0.6 2.4 6.7 12.4 16.8 112.9


Companies Involved with the Darwin Correctional Facility Project

Sitzler – Civil and construction joint venture
Baulderstone – Civil and construction joint venture
Project Plumbing – Main plumbing contractor
Nilsen Electrical – Main electrical contractor


Occupations Required at the Darwin Correctional Facility Project

  • Boilermaker
  • Carpenter
  • Concretor
  • Dogman
  • Fitter
  • Formsetter
  • Labourer
  • Electrician
  • Leading Hand
  • Operator
  • Peggy
  • Pipelayer
  • Scaffolder
  • Steel Fixer
  • Plumber


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Darwin Correctional Facility Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or NT Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White or Blue 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
  • Senior First Aid Training
  • CPR Training


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


Darwin Correctional Facility 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 companies are awarded contracts this EBA section will be updated.


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