How to get a Job at the SIHIP Remote Housing 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 SIHIP Remote Housing Project

From the Australian Government Website

Housing is fundamental to achieving improvements in Indigenous health, education and employment and makes a major contribution towards Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage.

The Commonwealth and the Northern Territory are jointly delivering the National Partnership in the Northern Territory, incorporating the former Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP).  This program will deliver more than 900 new houses and rebuild or refurbish around 2900 existing houses by the end of 2013.

A target of 20 percent has been set for Indigenous employment across the program.

From the Department of Housing Website

Two construction company consortia, known as alliances, have been engaged to deliver the Australian and Northern Territory governments’ construction program for remote public housing across the Territory.

An alliance is formed when organisations work together in partnership to deliver a project. The alliances comprise leading international and national construction and engineering companies working in the Northern Territory. They are:

New Future Alliance

  • Leighton Contractors
  • Broad Construction Services
  • Opus Qantec McWilliam
  • Ngarda Civil and Mining.

Territory Alliance

  • Sitzler Pty Ltd
  • Laing O’Rourke Construction Pty Ltd
  • McMahon Services.


Location Profile – Darwin

Darwin is not the only region of the Northern Territory in which works are involved for this project.  For other Location Profiles of Northern Territory click through on the CribhutDaily Website – Location Profiles.

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 SIHIP Remote Housing Project

New Future Alliance

Leighton Contractors

Broad Construction Services

Opus Qantec McWilliam

Ngarda Civil and Mining

Territory Alliance

Sitzler Pty Ltd

Laing O’Rourke Construction Pty Ltd

McMahon Services


Occupations Required at the SIHIP Remote Housing Project

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


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the SIHIP Remote Housing Project

  • Relevant Trade Qualifications and / or NT Licences
  • Occupational Health and Safety – Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Australian Drivers Licences
  • High Risk Work Licence for any required plant, eg. Forklifts, Loaders.
  • Ability to pass Medical including Drug and Alcohol screening
  • 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


SIHIP Remote Housing 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 we find the EBA’s them will be updated into this article.


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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