How to Get a Job on the Newcastle University Student Accommodation Project

How to Get a Job on the Newcastle University Student Accommodation 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 Newcastle University Student Accommodation Project

From the Newcastle EDU website

An exciting new development is underway that will almost double on-campus student accommodation  at the Newcastle campus at Callaghan.

The two-year project to build four contemporary, multi-level apartment complexes will deliver an additional 778 beds to meet the high demand for affordable on-campus accommodation. The development will bring the total number of beds on campus to 1,700.

The new development is part of a $100 million investment in Newcastle University student accommodation, which includes refurbishments to existing residences and additional parking for residence.  The contract for the building project was awarded to John Holland Group in December 2012 and site preparation began in January 2013. Construction will take about two years, with the first students scheduled to move in in early 2015.

The development of the residential precinct is a major infrastructure project for the University and the Hunter region that will create up to 350 jobs during construction.


Location Profile – Newcastle, Maitlands & Hunter

Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Maitland, Singleton, Lake Macquarie,  Barrington Tops, Dungog, Gloucester, Wine Country, Cessnock, Port Stephens, Kurri Kurri, Muswellbrook, Scone, Coal, Power Stations, Underground, Rail, Ports, Trail Riding, Moto x, 4×4, Surfing, Nightlife, Wineries, Rugby League, Soccer, Fishing, Beaches

Population: 644,279    (NSW gov)

NSW Government Hunter Region Link

Newcastle, Maitlands & Hunter Region – Rents as at Mar 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 200 – $ 500

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 220 – $ 700

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 300 – $ 800

Newcastle, Maitlands & Hunter Region – House Prices as at Mar 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 150,000 – $ 345,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $ 160,000 – $ 830,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 300,000 – $ 3.500,000

Climate data for Newcastle
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 41.4 40.9 39.0 36.8 28.5 26.1 26.3 29.9 34.4 36.7 41.0 42.0 42.0
Average high °C 25.6 25.4 24.7 22.8 20.0 17.5 16.7 18.0 20.2 22.1 23.5 24.9 21.8
Average low °C 19.2 19.3 18.3 15.3 12.0 9.7 8.4 9.2 11.4 14.0 16.1 18.0 14.2
Record low °C 12.0 10.3 11.1 7.4 4.7 3.0 1.8 3.3 5.0 6.5 7.2 11.0 1.8
Avg. Rainfall mm 88.1 107.7 119.6 116.0 117.3 117.1 94.6 73.7 72.9 73.3 70.7 81.0 1134.0
Avg. Rainy days 11.1 11.2 12.4 12.2 12.7 12.2 11.2 10.5 10.1 11.0 10.7 10.6 135.9


Companies Involved with the Newcastle University Student Accommodation Project

John Holland – awarded the building contract for the project.
Click here to go through to the John Holland website.


Occupations Required at the Newcastle University Student Accommodation Project

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


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Newcastle University Student Accommodation 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


Newcastle University Student Accommodation 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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