Watching for Jobs at the South Flank Iron Ore Project – WA

Watching for Jobs at the South Flank Iron Ore Project – WA

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 South Flank Iron Ore Project

South Flank has been flagged by BHP Billiton to potentially replace the volume of iron ore that currently is produced from the Yandi mine, which is forecast to ­exhaust its reserves in five to 10 years.

Quick Facts:

  • Owner – BHP Billiton.
  • Project scope estimated at US$2.9 billion.
  • Project now approved.
  • Project includes:
    • Crushing facilities
    • Overland conveyors
    • Stockpile and Ore handling plant infrastructure
    • Train Load Out Facilities
    • and expansion to essentially infrastructure
  • Located approximately 100 km north-west of Newman.
  • BHP have announced a handful of contracts, but are currently seeking expressions of interest from further potential contractors.
  • Construction is expected to start soon with first ore expected to roll out in 2021.
  • Expected to provide about 2500 jobs during construction and around 600 ongoing roles in production.


Occupations Potentially Required for the South Flank Iron Ore Project

A construction job like this will usually require:

  • Mobile Plant Operators / Truck Drivers
  • Crane Operators
  • Electrical / Instrumentation Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Metal Trades
  • Building Trades/Formworkers
  • Steelfixers/Concretors
  • Scaffolders
  • Riggers
  • Doggers
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Peggy’s /Cleaning Staff
  • Health & Safety
  • Supervisors

Qualifications that may help you get a foot in at the South Flank Iron Ore Project

Companies / Organisations Involved with the South Flank Iron Ore Project


Note: As we are made aware of further contracts being awarded we will update this article.

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South Flank Iron Ore Project 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.

We are yet to find any EBA’s for this project. As we find any EBA’s they will be added to 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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