Watching for Jobs at the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project

Watching for Jobs at the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project

In the ‘Watching for jobs …….’ 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 Melbourne Metro Tunnel (Rail) Project

From the Melbourne Metro Rail website

Project size: $9 – $11 billion

Melbourne Metro’s twin nine-kilometre tunnels will take two of the busiest rail lines out of the City Loop, creating space for more trains to run more often across Melbourne’s rail network.

The project will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne-Pakenham in the south-east, with high capacity trains and five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and at Domain.

Melbourne Metro Rail Project announced timeline

2015 – 2016

  • Site investations
  • Reference Design development
  • Planning and environmental assessments
  • Update and release Business Case


  • Planning and environmental approvals
  • Early works before major construction
  • Procurement for major construction contract


  • Award major construction contract
  • Start major construction works


Occupations Required at the Melbourne Metro Rail Project

It is still really early days for this project, but a construction job like this will usually require:

  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Metal Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Dogging / Rigging / Scaffolding
  • Mobile Plant Operators / Truck Drivers
  • Cleaning Staff
  • Crane Operators
  • Labourers / Trades Assistants
  • Health & Safety
  • Supervisors

Qualifications to help you get a foot in at the Melbourne Metro Rail Project

Companies / Organisations Involved with the Melbourne Metro Rail Project

  • Job Watch (Cribhut Premium) – For the latest announcements, Major Project, Shut-down and Even-time roster jobs

We are keeping a keen eye on all announcements and if this project continues to proceed this post will be continually updated over the life of the Melbourne Metro Rail 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

Melbourne Metro Rail 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 project no EBA’s are available for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.  As any EBA’s are released they will be updated 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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