How to get a Job at the Adelaide Northern Connector Project

How to get a Job at the Adelaide Northern Connector 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 Northern Connector Project

From the Infrastructure SA Gov website

The new Northern Connector motorway is expected to significantly improve freight access to the Port of Adelaide and the industrial areas of Adelaide’s north and northwest,  improved road safety and efficiency, reduction in travel times for commuters travelling to and from the northern suburbs and better serve the industrial and commercial sectors along Port Wakefield Road, with the myriad of businesses along Port Wakefield Road benefiting from improved traffic flow as well.

The project scope will include:

  • 15.5 kilometre motorway standard road connecting the Northern Expressway and Port Wakefield Road to the Port River Expressway and South Road Superway
  • four road interchanges
  • three lanes in each direction, posted speed of 110 kmph
  • 16 kilometre path for cyclists and pedestrians.

The Australian and South Australian Governments announced a joint funding allocation of $985 million to deliver the Northern Connector.


Occupations Required at the Northern Connector Project

  • Building Trades
  • Scaffolding
  • 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 Northern Connector Project


Companies Involved with the Northern Connector Project

From the Lend Lease website

Lendlease’s Engineering business has been selected by the South Australian Government as the preferred contractor to design and construct the Northern Connector road project.

Major construction will start in the third quarter of 2016 and be completed by end-2019.

We are keeping a keen eye on all announcements and this post will be continually updated over the life of the Northern Connector Project.


Location Profile – Adelaide

City of Churches, Australias Wine Capital, Adelaide Oval, Mt Lofty Ranges, Glenelg, Manufacturing, Technology, Tourism, Defence Industry, AFL, Beaches, Markets, Bars, Pubs, Cafes, Cricket, Cycling, Tour Down Under, The Ghan, Mountain Biking, Golf, Sailing, Boating, Fishing, Art, Entertainment

Population1.225,235  (2011 ABS)

City of Adelaide Council

Adelaide – Rents as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $180 – $700

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $185– $540

4 Bed 2 Bath – $290 – $1000

Adelaide – House Prices as at Jul 2012

2 Bed 1 Bath –  $130,000 – $590,000

3 Bed 1 Bath –  $130,000 – $700,000

4 Bed 2 Bath – $180,000 – $1.790,000

Climate data for Adelaide
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high°C 45.7 44.3 41.9 36.9 29.2 25.4 23.1 30.4 34.3 39.0 43.0 42.5 45.7
Average high°C 29.3 29.5 26.5 22.7 19.0 16.1 15.3 16.6 19.0 21.8 25.2 26.9 22.3
Average low°C 17.1 17.2 15.3 12.5 10.2 8.1 7.5 8.2 9.7 11.4 14.0 15.5 12.2
Record low °C 9.2 9.5 7.2 4.3 1.5 −0.4 0.4 1.6 2.6 4.7 5.3 8.0 −0.4
Rainfall mm 19.7 12.8 26.5 39.3 61.1 79.9 75.7 69.9 59.4 41.5 30.3 30.1 546.3
Avg. rainy days 2.9 2.0 3.5 5.1. 8.8 11.3 12.0 12.1 9.0 6.7 4.7 4.4 82.5


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


Northern Connector 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 are available for the Northern Connector Project.  As any EBA’s are released they will be updated into this article.


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