How to get a Job at the M80 Ring Road Upgrade Project, Melbourne

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 M80 Ring Road Upgrade Project

From the VICROADS Website

‘M80’ is the route number for the 38 Kilometre Western and Metropolitan Ring Roads that travel from the Princes Freeway in Laverton North to the Greensborough Highway, in Greensborough.   The M80 Ring Road Upgrade is a $2.25 billion project jointly funded by the Australian and Victorian governments and is expected to take more than 5 years to complete.

The M80 Ring Road carries up to 142,000 vehicles per day, including more than 22,000 trucks. The freeway exceeds its capacity in peak periods, causing traffic disruption and delays along the entire route. The M80 Ring Road Upgrade will add more lanes and will install electronic systems to manage traffic flow across the entire route, leading to more consistent travel times and a safer journey.

There have been 13 fatal accidents and 715 casualty crashes along the M80 Ring Road in the five years between 2006 and 2010.

These crashes mainly occur at freeway merges where existing traffic lanes increase or decrease. The M80 Ring Road Upgrade will improve safety for drivers and local communities by adding lanes between some interchanges reducing merging movements by traffic entering and exiting the freeway.

From the Nation Building Program Website


Lane widening and safety improvement works on the Western Ring Road will:

  • Enhance the capacity;
  • Improve traffic flow;
  • Improve reliability by mitigating weaving and diverging of traffic;
  • Maximise traffic flow; and
  • Reduce congestion on the road network.


Location Profile – Melbourne

Garden City, Port Phillip, Yarra River, St Kilda, Fitzroy, Federation Square,  MCG, Docklands, Four Seasons In a Day, Tourism, Finance, Commerce, Manufacturing, AFL, Melbourne Cup, Cricket, Nightlife, Bars, Shopping, Art Galleries, Cafes, Laneways, Beaches, Swimming, Cycling, Live Music, Culture

 Population 3.999,982 (2011 ABS)

Melbourne City Council

Melbourne – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $210 – $650

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $200 – $720

4 Bed 2 Bath – $275 – $2100

Melbourne – House Prices as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $185,000 – $770,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $195,000– $1.750,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $265,000 – $2.420,000

Climate data for Melbourne
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 45.6 46.4 41.7 34.9 28.7 22.4 23.1 26.5 31.4 36.9 40.9 43.7 46.4
Average high °C 25.9 25.8 23.9 20.3 16.7 14.1 13.5 15.0 17.2 19.7 22.0 24.2 19.9
Average low °C 14.3 14.6 13.2 10.8 8.6 6.9 6.0 6.7 8.0 9.5 11.2 12.9 10.2
Record low °C 5.5 4.5 2.8 1.5 −1.1 −2.2 −2.8 −2.1 −0.5 0.1 2.5 4.4 −2.8
Rainfall mm 47.6 48.0 50.3 57.4 55.8 49.0 47.5 50.0 58.1 66.4 60.4 59.5 650.0
Avg. rainy days 8.4 7.5 9.4 11.8 14.6 15.4 16.1 16.1 14.9 14.2 11.8 10.4 150.6


Companies Involved with the M80 Ring Road Upgrade Project

BMD Constructions – Furlong Road to Sunshine Avenue

Fulton Hogan – Edgars Road to Plenty Road

Leighton Contractors – Western Highway and Fultons Road

Tulla Sydney Alliance ( VicRoads, Thiess, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Hyder ) – Calder Freeway and Sydney Road


Occupations Required at the M80 Ring Road Upgrade Project

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


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the M80 Ring Road Upgrade Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or VIC 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


M80 Ring Road Upgrade Union 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.

Thiess Tulla Sydney Alliance Project Agreement 2009

The different EBA’s will be uploaded into this post as they are located.


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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