How to get a Job at the Queensland Schools Project

How to get a Job at the Queensland Schools 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 Queensland Schools Project

From the QLD Gov website

The Queensland Schools Project is an infrastructure and maintenance package of eight Prep–6 primary schools and two 7–12 secondary schools in rapidly developing areas in South East Queensland (i.e. Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich and the Moreton local government areas).

The first schools will open for commencement of the 2015 academic year. This will be followed by schools opening in 2016 and 2017.

From the Gateway ICN website

Watpac has been awarded $350 million contract to build the Queensland schools project.  The anticipated five-year construction program will commence in January 2014 and is expected to create more than 3,000 jobs throughout the life of the project.

The Queensland Schools PPP will see the delivery of the Queensland schools project over five years, in Pimpama, Burpengary, Pallara, Ripley Valley, Springfield, Griffin, Bellbird Park,Caboolture and Redbank Plains.


Location Profile – Brisbane

The River City, Moreton Bay, Fortitude Valley, Moreton Island, Ipswich, Stradbroke Island, Brisbane River, Moreton Island, Redcliffe, Scenic Rim, Mt Cootha, Mining Industry Bases, Manufacturing, Tourism, Museums, Nightlife, Restaurants, Entertainment, Cycling, Golf,  Broncos, Live Music

Population: 2.066,000 (Greater Bris ABS 2011)

Brisbane City Council

Brisbane – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 240 – $ 600

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 260 – $ 640

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 340 – $ 1,400

Brisbane – House Prices as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 175,000 – $ 525,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 215,000 – $1.150 ,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 265,000 – $ 2.900,000

Climate data for Brisbane
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 40.0 41.7 37.9 33.7 30.7 29.0 28.2 35.4 35.1 38.7 34.8 40.0 41.7
Average high °C 30.2 30.0 28.9 27.1 24.4 22.0 21.9 23.1 25.6 26.8 27.8 29.2 26.4
Average low °C 21.3 21.3 19.9 17.3 13.5 11.5 9.9 10.6 13.7 16.3 18.6 20.3 16.2
Record low °C 17.0 16.5 12.2 10.0 5.0 5.0 3.0 4.1 7.0 9.7 10.8 14.0 3.0
 Avg. Rainfall mm 157.7 174.6 138.5 90.4 98.8 71.2 62.6 42.7 34.9 94.4 96.5 126.2 1,188.5
Avg. Rainfall days 13.0 14.4 14.1 11.0 10.5 7.5 7.2 6.6 6.9 10.0 10.0 11.5 122.7


Companies Involved with the Queensland Schools Project

Watpac Has been announced the building contractor under the Public Private Partnership agreement, their component of the works program is valued at $350 million and involves the design and construction of new schools.

Note : There may be sub-contractoring companies involved in different phases of construction of the Queensland schools project.  This article will be updated with these sub-contracting companies as announcements are made.

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Occupations Required at the Queensland Schools Project

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


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Queensland Schools 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


Queensland Schools 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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