How to get a Job at the Xstrata Ravensworth North Coal Mine Project

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 Xstrata Ravensworth North Coal Mine Project

From the Xstrata Website

Xstrata is investing $1.4 Billon into the development of the Ravensworth North open cut coal mine in the Upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales.

Situated within the existing Cumnock Coal and Ravensworth complex, the Ravensworth North open cut mine will produce 8 million tonnes per annum of export thermal and semi soft coking coal at full production, with a mine life of approximately 26 years. The Project area encompasses the existing Xstrata Coal Ravensworth and Cumnock Operations.

From the Downer Group Website

Downer EDI Limited (Downer) had secured a contract with Xstrata Coal for the development of a coal handling and preparation plant (CHPP) at the Ravensworth North Coal Project in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.

The contract has a total value of more than $400 million and the scope of work includes:

  • the design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the CHPP
  • low voltage power supply and reticulation
  • high voltage transmission supply and relocation.


Location Profile – Newcastle, Maitlands and Hunter

Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Maitland, Singleton, Lake Macquarie,  Barrington Tops, Dungog, Gloucester, Wine Country, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Kurri Kurri, Muswellbrook, Scone, Coal, Power Stations, Underground, Rail, Ports, Trail Riding, Moto x, 4×4, Surfing, Nightlife, Wineries, Rugby League, Soccer, Fishing, Beaches

Population: 644,279    (NSW gov)

NSW Government Hunter Region Link

Newcastle, Maitlands & Hunter Region – Rents as at Mar 20122 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 200 – $ 500

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 220 – $ 700

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 300 – $ 800

Newcastle, Maitlands & Hunter Region – House Prices as at Mar 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 150,000 – $ 345,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 160,000 – $ 830,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 300,000 – $ 3.500,000

Climate data for Newcastle
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 41.4 40.9 39.0 36.8 28.5 26.1 26.3 29.9 34.4 36.7 41.0 42.0 42.0
Average high °C 25.6 25.4 24.7 22.8 20.0 17.5 16.7 18.0 20.2 22.1 23.5 24.9 21.8
Average low °C 19.2 19.3 18.3 15.3 12.0 9.7 8.4 9.2 11.4 14.0 16.1 18.0 14.2
Record low °C 12.0 10.3 11.1 7.4 4.7 3.0 1.8 3.3 5.0 6.5 7.2 11.0 1.8
Avg. Rainfall mm 88.1 107.7 119.6 116.0 117.3 117.1 94.6 73.7 72.9 73.3 70.7 81.0 1134.0
Avg. Rainy days 11.1 11.2 12.4 12.2 12.7 12.2 11.2 10.5 10.1 11.0 10.7 10.6 135.9


Companies Involved with the Xstrata Ravensworth North Coal Mine Project

Downer EDI – The design, procurement, construction and commissioning of the CHPP.  Low voltage power supply & reticulation and High voltage transmission supply & relocation.

Reinforced Earth Mining and Energy – Design and construct dump wall

SMS Civil Constructions – Complete formwork, place and finish concrete and fix reinforcement to substation transformer bays, switchyard footings and culverts.

Scaffrite Industrial Scaffolding – Scaffolding


Occupations Required at the Xstrata Ravensworth North Coal Mine 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 Xstrata Ravensworth North Coal Mine Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or NSW 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


Ravensworth North Coal Mine Union Greenfields 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.




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