How to Get a Job on the East West Link Project

How to Get a Job on the East West Link 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 East West Link Project

From the Linking Melbourne Authority website

The East West Link would be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever constructed in Melbourne. A lot of work has been completed as part of previous studies, early planning investigations and business case development to understand the project’s benefits and needs.

The Victorian Government has developed a business case following a study by Rod Eddington in 2008 into Melbourne’s east-west travel needs. This confirmed the prevailing view that as Melbourne grows and changes, and demand for travel increases, being able to make relatively fast and reliable connections around the city is becoming more and more important for businesses and the future prosperity of our city.

Why the East West Link?

  • Existing cross city connections across the north of Melbourne are under pressure and face significant growth over the next 25 years.
  • Melbourne has no alternative, direct, cross city connection to the M1 – the Monash, CityLink and West Gate Freeways.
  • Liveability in Melbourne’s inner north and west is affected by through-traffic.
  • The Eastern Freeway is the last of the major freeways that ends abruptly on the edge of the city, creating a major congestion bottleneck and affecting productivity.
  • Tram and bus services crossing Alexandra Parade are severely limited in frequency and reliability because of the time given to east-west traffic flows.
  • Having no link between CityLink, the Tullamarine Freeway and the Eastern Freeway means people living in the north and west of Melbourne have challenges accessing jobs, education, shopping, friends and entertainment in the east, and vice versa.

What is the East West Link?

The East West Link is an 18 kilometre cross-city road connection extending across Melbourne from the Eastern Freeway to the Western Ring Road.  Planning for the first stage of the East West Link includes a six kilometre roadway connecting the Eastern Freeway with CityLink.

The reference design for the East West Link Stage One includes:

  • a new bridge to take northbound Hoddle Street traffic onto the Eastern Freeway, allowing the removal of the existing loop
  • an entrance into the tunnel just past the Eastern Freeway
  • an interchange at Elliott Avenue providing access into and out of the tunnel towards the east
  • a tunnel portal just past the Upfield rail line with ramps allowing both northbound and southbound access on CityLink
  • design enhancements for Ormond Road, Flemington Road and Elliott Avenue
  • a further stage of the East West Link to take traffic to the Port area and beyond via a new roadway adjacent to CityLink.


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 East West Link Project

Pending planning approvals, the contract to build East West Link stage one is due to be awarded in the third quarter of 2014.  There is three short listed consortia vying to build stage one, which is expected to create 3,200 jobs in the construction phase.

This article will be updated with the appropriate consortia as soon as announcements are made.

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Occupations Required at the East West Link Project

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Rigging
  • Mobile Plant Operator / Truck Driver
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Metal Trades
  • Health & Safety


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the East West Link 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


East West Link 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 contracts have been awarded, therefore there are no EBA’s available.  As this project moves forward the appropraite EBA’s 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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