How to get a job on the National Broadband Network Project – Australia wide

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.  This week it’s the National Broadband Network Project.

About the National Broadband Network Project

From the NBN Co website 

Here at NBN Co our goals are simple – deliver Australia’s first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network to all Australians, regardless of where they live.

Our objective is to provide access to fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology to 93 percent of Australian homes, schools and businesses. Because of the size of our country, we will also need to use fixed wireless and satellite technology to connect those premises that do not fall into the fibre footprint.

As well as building Australia’s first National Broadband Network (NBN), we are also helping to build the workforce that will be needed to deliver Australia’s largest infrastructure project.

We are putting in place workforce development training and programs to help ensure there are sufficient workers that are equipped with the right skills.


Location Profiles – Australia wide


Companies Involved with the National Broadband Project

  – Project Manager – Apply for a job at NBN Co

Main Contractors

Ericsson – Fixed wireless network – Nation wide

Service Stream – Fibre distribution network (NT, SA, VIC, WA) & New developments (NT, NSW, SA, WA)

Silcar – Fibre distribution network (ACT, NSW, QLD)

Syntheo – Fibre distribution network (NT, SA, WA)

Transfield – Fibre distribution network (VIC)

Visionstream – Fibre distribution network (TAS), Fibre transit network (National) & New developments (QLD, VIC)

Downer EDI Fibre network from the main fibre nodes to the boxes outside the home or business (Northern NSW).  Also, design and construction services to connect flats and units of different sized residential multi-dwelling units to the National Broadband Network in NSW, Victoria and the ACT.

NBN Co recruitment services suppliers

  • Construction – BDS People, Charterhouse Partnership, Integrated Group Limited, Skilled Group Limited
  • Tech Ops – BDS People, Clarius Group Ltd, Data#3 Limited, Launch Recruitment, Skilled Group Limited
  • Telco / IT – Clarius Group Ltd, Interpro, Launch Recruitment, Paxus Australia Pty Ltd, Talent International



Occupations Required for the National Broadband Network Project

NBN Installer (Fibre) – Certificate II in Telecommunications (ICT20210) & Certificate III in Telecommunications (ICT30210)

NBN Linesworker – Certificate II in Telecommunications (ICT20210) & Certificate III in Telecommunications (ICT30210)

NBN Splicer – Certificate III in Telecommunications (ICT30210)


Qualifications to help you get a foot in on the National Broadband Network Project

Find a registered training organisation (RTO) that can deliver Certificate II in Telecommunications

Find a registered training organisation (RTO) that can deliver Certificate III in Telecommunications


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


National Broadband Network Project 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

NBN Co and CEPU Technical Employees Agreement 2010-2014


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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