How to Get a Job on the Northern Territory Defence Project

How to Get a Job on the Northern Territory Defence 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 Northern Territory Defence Project

From the Defence Gov Website

The Joint Logistics Unit (North) warehousing and maintenance footprint is currently spread across four discrete sites in the Darwin area, three of which are leased properties.

The planned development will see the Joint Logistics Unit (North) vacate these sites and occupy a single site at Robertson Barracks, Darwin.

Consolidating to fewer facilities with a reduced net storage and maintenance footprint will help Joint Logistics Unit (North) to more effectively and efficiently provide logistics support to the Australian Defence Force, and will realise financial savings in terms of reduced lease costs.

The planned works include a new western entrance to the barracks connecting to McMillans Road. This will enable Defence to close the existing Campbell Road entrance and divert barracks traffic away from Brandt Road, Stevens Road and Farrar Road.

Construction is planned to commence in mid 2013 and is planned to be completed in late 2014.  At the peak of construction, the project will draw on a labour force of up to 1,200 people in the Darwin region.

From the John Holland Website

John Holland has been awarded the contract to deliver the $112m Robertson Barracks Defence Logistics Transformation Program (DLTP), Works Package 4 for the Department of Defence in the Northern Territory.

As part of the project, John Holland will develop 340,000m2 of Robertson Barracks to provide 11 new buildings totalling nearly 50,000m2, 67,000m2 of pavements and a 2.2km access road.

Group Managing Director, Glenn Palin, said the awarding of this contract confirms John Holland as a contractor of choice for Defence.

“John Holland’s relationship with Defence goes back more than 60 years, with our work at the Robertson Barracks in the Northern Territory extending back to the early 90s,” Mr Palin said.

“It is this experience that enables John Holland to undertake complex and challenging building and engineering works on live, fully operational Defence bases, on-time and on-budget, without disrupting critical activities and services.”

Executive General Manager for Infrastructure, Chris Evans, said the contract win is a result of our close collaboration with the Department of Defence.

“We have worked with the client to deliver many significant projects for the Commonwealth Government and we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and meeting our client’s expectations,” Mr Evans said.

“The 18 month construct only project is planned to commence in May 2013. At the peak of site works the project workforce is expected to reach 120 people,” he said.


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 Greater Region – Rents as at Feb 2013

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $330 – $1000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $470 – $1500

4 Bed 2 Bath – $560 – $2000

Darwin Greater Region – Prices as at Feb 2013

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $295,000 – $540,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $475,000 – $1,695,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $560,000 – $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 Northern Territory Defence Project

John Holland John Holland will develop 340,000m2 of Robertson Barracks to provide 11 new buildings totalling nearly 50,000m2, 67,000m2 of pavements and a 2.2km access road.


Occupations Required at the Northern Territory Defence Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • 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 Northern Territory Defence Project


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


Northern Territory Defence Project 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.

 At this stage of the project no EBA’s can be found, as they are found they will be uploaded into this article.


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