Connecting you to Work in Central Queensland

Mining Resources and Energy

Mining, resources, and energy are trending industries in Central Queensland and now is the time to gain or upgrade your skills or start you job search here. In comparison to Queensland, Central Queensland has a high proportion of persons employed in the mining, energy and resources sectors.

Mining


The mining industry includes exploration and extraction of minerals, oil and gas and the Bowen Basin in Central Queensland contains most of Australia’s high-quality metallurgical coal reserves as well as significant deposits of thermal coal. As at February 2020, there were 44 coal mining operations and two gold mines located in the region as well as a number of identified future projects that will require increases to workforces. Increased gas development and renewable energy projects will also influence the region’s workforce numbers.

Determining the employment potential of the region considers existing operations and future projects. Projects must work through an approvals process, including environmental impact statement process and progress towards achieving financial close before a mine can commence construction and become operational. Over 50 mining projects are in exploration, concept, planning or feasibility stages, while ten (10) projects moved through the approvals pipeline in 2019.

There were 18,410 non-resident workers on-shift in the Bowen Basin as at 30 June 2019. While there is a degree of uncertainty regarding projects proceeding, there is the potential for the number of workers to increase by between 1,180 and 2,550 over the next six years.

The workforce in the Galilee Basin includes resource exploration and maintenance of existing infrastructure. Construction is underway on the Carmichael Mine to the west of Central Queensland, while other mines and associated rail projects are planned for the Barcaldine Regional Council area. After projects progress through the approvals and feasibility processes, large temporary construction workforces will be required before smaller ongoing production workforces will be needed as the mines become operational.

Bowen and Galilee Basins non-resident population projections, 2020 to 2026

Energy and gas


The electricity and gas services industry is the smallest industry in Australia but its workforce is highly skilled. VET is the main training pathway. Workers in the mining industry generally need post-high school studies with training organisations or VET studies. Some jobs require a university education. Trades workers are vital to the mining, resources and energy industry. CQUniversity and other register training organisations are a great way to gain skills to enter this field.

Power stations

Within the Central Queensland region, there are three power stations including Stanwell (west of Rockhampton), Gladstone and Callide.

Stanwell Corporation own and operate a portfolio of electricity generation assets in Queensland including one of the youngest and most efficient coal-fired power stations in Australia, Stanwell Power Station. The 1460 MW coal-fired Stanwell Power Station is a highly-automated station using coal from the Curragh Mine in Central Queensland.

Applications for the Stanwell Power Station 2021 Apprentice and Trainee Program opened on 20 July 2020, recruiting for electrical instrumentation apprentice, mechanical fitter and turner apprentice and business trainee. Click here for more information.

The NRG Gladstone Power Station was built by the Queensland Government and commenced operation in 1976. It is still Queensland’s largest single power station and an important generating facility in the National Electricity Market.

NRG’s ongoing commitment to becoming an employer of choice means there are always exciting employment opportunities at the Station. For all enquiries regarding careers at NRG, pleas contact employeereltations@nrggos.com.au.

The CS Energy Callide Power Station uses coal-fired power generation via two sites: Callide B, commissioned in 1988, and Callide C, commissioned in 2001. Callide C was the first supercritical coal-fired power station in Australia and has a capacity of 825 MW.

Click Careers at CS Energy to learn more and click here to hear from people who work at Callide Power Station.

Clarke Creek Wind and Solar Farm Project

The $1.5 billion Clarke Creek Wind and Solar Farm project is located 150 km north west of Rockhampton. Lacour Energy and Goldwind are actively working on technical, environmental, social and economic aspects of the project with road upgrade work and full wind farm construction the aim in 2020.

Once operational, the project will power approximately 590,000 Queensland homes and employ around 20 to 25 permanent staff. Construction is expected to take up to three (3) years to be fully complete using up to 350 people during peak construction.

Ergon Energy

Ergon Energy Network builds and maintains the electricity distribution network for regional Queensland, supplying electricity to over 700,000 customers over one million square kilometres (approximately 97% of Queensland). Ergon Energy Network is part of Energy Queensland, and consists of 160,000 kilometres of powerlines, one million power poles, 33 stand-alone power stations providing electricity to isolated communities and a gas-fired power station in Barcaldine that supplies into the main grid. Ergon Energy is actively involved in alternative energy generation and is one of Australia’s largest purchasers of renewable energy, as well as being a major contributor to the development of skills across regional Queensland.

Ergon Energy is always looking for people to join their team – and not just in the field. Click here to find out more.

Stanwell Hydrogen Study

Stanwell Corporation is investigating the feasibility of a 10 MW hydrogen demonstration plant at Stanwell Power Station, near Rockhampton, to be located at the existing power station site. Hydrogen is a clean energy carrier that can be used in transport power generation and a range of industrial uses, including products for the mining and agricultural sectors. The demonstration plant will produce hydrogen using electrolysis.

For more information, click here.

The value of these mining, resources and electrical supply operations for the CQ economy is enormous, however, the challenge that we continue to face is the demand for workers is outstripping our local supply.

A bachelor degree is needed for some professions such as civil engineering professionals while electrical distribution trades workers, for example, usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical powerlines or cable jointing. Traineeships may also be available.

Nationally, trends for the Mining, Resources and Energy industries are as follows:

Strong growth in:

  • Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers - average weekly income $2,500 before tax
  • Mining Engineers - average weekly income $3,118 before tax
  • Other Building and Engineering Technicians - average weekly income $2,812 before tax
  • Other Stationary Plant Operators - average weekly income before tax $1,886 before tax
  • Safety Inspectors - average weekly income $1,876 before tax
  • Engineering Managers – average weekly income $3,427 before tax
  • Environmental Scientists – average weekly income $1,779 before tax

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Very Strong growth in:

  • Civil Engineering Professionals - average weekly income $1,962 before tax

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