How to get a Job at the Ararat Wind Farm Project

How to get a Job at the Ararat Wind Farm Project

In the ‘How to get a job at …….’ series we are going to be running over Australian Mining, Resources, Energy and any other 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 Ararat Wind Farm Project

From the Ararat Wind Farm Project website

The Ararat Wind farm will be located on rural land located approximately 180km northwest of Melbourne and between 9km – 17km northeast of Ararat in Victoria.

It will comprise of up to 75 turbines, each with a blade tip height of up to 135m above ground level. There are 5 turbines proposed within Northern Grampians Shire Council area and 70 turbines proposed within Ararat Rural City Council area. The wind turbines will have an expected rated capacity of up to 3.4MW each.

The wind farm will deliver significant environmental, social and economic benefits to the regional economies of Ararat Rural City Council and Northern Grampians Shire Council area and to the Pyrenees Shire Council which is hosting the substation. The Ararat Wind Farm will produce enough electricity for up to 123,000 average Victorian households per annum*. The proposal will also unlock a $450 million investment within the region.

* The homes equivalent has been calculated using the predicted annual electricity generation of the site (based on site monitoring and conservative assessments) and dividing this by an annual average electricity consumption figure of 5000kWh for homes in the Ararat and Northern Grampians Shire area (derived from the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment Household Energy Use Statistics 2007).

Companies Involved with the Ararat Wind Farm Project

Renewable Energy Systems, in partnership with GE and Downer, today announced a major contract for the supply of 75 wind turbines to the 240MW Ararat Wind Farm in south-west Victoria. In what will be the third largest wind farm in Australia, the $450 million project will be financed by shareholders Partners Group, RES, OPTrust and GE.

Downer EDI Limited –  awarded a contract for work on the proposed Ararat Wind Farm Project in Victoria.

Downer’s scope of works, which is valued at approximately $130 million, includes:

  • construction of a 33 kV transmission network;
  • balance of plant, civil and electrical infrastructure;
  • logistics; and
  • erection of the wind turbine generators.


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Location Profile – Ballarat & Central Highlands

Sovereign Hill, Yarrowee River, Pyrenees, Lake Learmonth, Battle of Eureka Stockade, Creswick, Daylesford, Clunes,  Talbot, 19th Century Goldrush, Golden Plains, Tourism, Agriculture, Mining, Cycling, Nightlife, History & Heritage, Hiking, Camping, Markets, Wineries, Art Gallery, Museums, Go Karting, Turf Club, Golf, Cinemas

Population 146,235  (Ballarat SA4 2011 ABS)

City of Ballarat Council

Ballarat Greater Region – Rents as at Aug 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $145 – $320

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $180 – $ 350

4 Bed 2 Bath – $ 280 – $ 500

Ballarat Greater Region – House Prices as at Aug 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $140,000 – $370,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $155,000– $560,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $245,000 – $1.650,000

Climate data for Ballarat Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C 42.0 44.1 37.7 31.5 26.1 21.6 19.1 23.0 27.9 33.4 37.3 40.6 44.1
Average high °C 25.1 25.0 22.2 17.6 13.6 10.8 10.0 11.4 13.8 16.6 19.6 22.5 17.3
Average low °C 10.9 11.5 9.9 7.4 5.7 4.0 3.2 3.7 4.8 6.2 7.8 9.4 7.0
Record low °C 0.7 -1.4 -0.6 -4.1 -4.5 -4.6 -6.0 -5.0 -4.5 -3.6 -1.0 -1.0 -6.0
Avg. Rainfall mm 39.6 43.9 42.9 51.5 64.7 62.9 66.4 75.1 71.9 67.4 56.6 51.1 694.2
Avg.Rainy days 7.7 7.2 9.6 12.6 16.2 17.9 19.9 19.5 16.8 15.4 12.8 11.0 166.6

Occupations we assume will be required at the Ararat Wind Farm Project

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


Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Arrow Energy Bowen Gas 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

Ararat Wind Farm Project Union Greenfields 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 Bowen Gas Project no companies have been awarded any construction works so no EBA’s can be foundas 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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