How to Get a Job on the Mitcham Road and Rooks Road Rail Separation Project

How to Get a Job on the Mitcham Road and Rooks Road Rail Separation 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 Mitcham Road and Rooks Road Rail Separation Project

From the John Holland Website

John Holland has been selected by the Victorian Government to deliver the Mitcham Road Rooks Road Rail Separation Project in an alliance with VicRoads, Metro Trains Melbourne, KBR and Public Transport Victoria.

The contract (approx. $140M) will eliminate two notorious spots for poor safety and congestion at the existing rail level crossings in Mitcham, and thereby provide safer travel conditions and improved travel times.

Work involves:

  • Two grade separations by lowering the railway beneath Mitcham Road and Rooks Road;
  • Realignment and construction of two new tracks to the south of the tracks within the existing rail corridor; and
  • Construction of a new premium station.

General Manager for Rail, Richard Stewart, said this win highlights John Holland’s key capability in completing heavy civil and building work in live rail environments.

“We have key strengths in rail construction, particularly in track, signalling, overhead traction and bridge works,” Mr Stewart said.

General Manager for Infrastructure South, David Moran, said the contract further develops the strong relationship with VicRoads.

“We have worked with VicRoads on several jobs, including other rail separation projects at Nunawading (Springvale Road) and Laburnum Stations (Middleborough Road),” Mr Moran said.

Work is scheduled to commence in May 2013, and be completed by June 2014.


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 Mitcham Road and Rooks Road Rail Separation Project

The Victorian Government has chosen the following companies to deliver the Mitcham Road Rooks Road Rail Separation Project as an alliance.

John Holland



Metro Trains Melbourne

Public Transport Victoria


Occupations Required at the Mitcham Road and Rooks Road Rail Separation Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades / Formworkers / Steelfixers / Concretors
  • 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 Mitcham Road and Rooks Road Rail Separation 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


Mitcham Road and Rooks Road Rail Separation 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.


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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