Watching for Jobs at the Cairns Shipping Development Project

Watching for Jobs at the Cairns Shipping Development 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 Cairns Shipping Development Project

Quick Facts:

  • $120m Port of Cairns upgrade
  • Queensland’s independent Coordinator-General has approved the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) subject to conditions.
  • Project will improve access for larger ships, including cruise ships.
    • It includes dredging to widen and deepen the existing outer shipping channel
    • widening and deepening of the existing inner harbour channel
    • and upgrades to the existing cruise shipping wharves.
  • expected 195 direct full-time equivalent jobs on average during construction


Occupations Potentially Required for the Cairns Shipping Development Project

A construction job like this will usually require:

  • Dredging workers
  • Vessel & Plant Operators
  • Electrical Trades
  • Mechanical Trades
  • Building Trades
  • Plumbers
  • Steelfixers/Concretors/Formworkers
  • Crane Operators
  • Riggers
  • Doggers
  • Labourer / Trades Assistant
  • Peggy’s /Cleaning Staff
  • Health & Safety
  • Supervisors


Qualifications that may help you get a foot in at the Cairns Shipping Development Project


Companies / Organisations Involved with the Cairns Shipping Development Project


Note – It is only early days for the Cairns Shipping Development Project.  Subject to commonwealth environmental approvals, work is expected to start in 2019.

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Cairns Shipping Development 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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