Mining Jobs for Backpackers

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Aupair Needed For August

99aupairs

Mt Franklin + Mooney Ponds (Melbourne), Victoria

Live in the best city in Australia with the most engaged and active Aupair community. A loving, caring, and experienced host family is looking for an Aupair!Join...

7d ago

Live in the best city in Australia with the most engaged and active Aupair community. A loving, caring, and experienced host family is looking for an Aupair!Join...

Bar Staff

Boddington hotel 2004 pty

Boddington, Western Australia

We are a small country mining town located 1hr from Perth & Mandurah.We currently have positions available for bar staff.Immediate start!Please only apply if...

13d ago

We are a small country mining town located 1hr from Perth & Mandurah.We currently have positions available for bar staff.Immediate start!Please only apply if...

Discover Country Vic & Melbourne City: Apply As Aupair Today

99aupairs

Mount Franklin, Victoria

Live in the best city in Australia with the most engaged and active Aupair community. A loving, caring, and experienced host family is looking for an Aupair!Join...

15d ago

Live in the best city in Australia with the most engaged and active Aupair community. A loving, caring, and experienced host family is looking for an Aupair!Join...

 

Regional Wa Aupair Needed

Hinds

Port Hedland, Western Australia

Hey there travellers!We are on the search for our next Female Aupair! This will be our 8th aupair we've hosted.We require an aupair to join our family from mid...

1mth ago

Hey there travellers!We are on the search for our next Female Aupair! This will be our 8th aupair we've hosted.We require an aupair to join our family from mid...

Chef

Northern Interests Pty Ltd

Marla, South Australia

• ASAP start• Counts for Visa ExtensionMarla Traveller's Rest is a sprawling roadhouse, hotel and motel, restaurant, service station, supermarket and much...

1mth ago

• ASAP start• Counts for Visa ExtensionMarla Traveller's Rest is a sprawling roadhouse, hotel and motel, restaurant, service station, supermarket and much...

Miners Rest F&b Supervisor - Sponsorship Opportunity

Miners Rest Motel

SOMERVILLE, Western Australia

The Miners Rest Motel is seeking a Supervisor to join our front-of-house team. We are a high-volume motel with dining and bar facilities in the heart of Kalgoorlie....

1mth ago

The Miners Rest Motel is seeking a Supervisor to join our front-of-house team. We are a high-volume motel with dining and bar facilities in the heart of Kalgoorlie....

Cook/chef

Northern Interests Pty Ltd

Timber Creek, Northern Territory

• ASAP start• Counts for Visa Extension• Sponsorship availableLocated on the Victoria Highway, Timber Creek Travellers Rest is 285km west of Katherine...

2mth ago

• ASAP start• Counts for Visa Extension• Sponsorship availableLocated on the Victoria Highway, Timber Creek Travellers Rest is 285km west of Katherine...

Medical Practice Receptionist

Karalasingham

Cobar , NSW, New South Wales

1 Full Time receptionist Position available in Doctor's Surgery in remote NSW town of Cobar (Mining Town).Current vacancy needing a person ASAP.Job involves...

2mth ago

1 Full Time receptionist Position available in Doctor's Surgery in remote NSW town of Cobar (Mining Town).Current vacancy needing a person ASAP.Job involves...

 

Get an Internation Student Visa

Free Course Consulation

Want to stay longer in Australia? Convert your working holiday to an International Student Visa (subclass 500). Get a free student consultation to get the best advice on which course, where to study and how much it costs.

Want to stay longer in Australia? Convert your working holiday to an International Student Visa (subclass 500). Get a free student consultation to get the best advice on which course, where to study and how much it costs.

Chef

Northern Interests Pty Ltd

Marla, South Australia

• ASAP start• Counts for Visa ExtensionMarla Traveller's Rest is a sprawling roadhouse, hotel and motel, restaurant, service station, supermarket and much...

3mth ago

• ASAP start• Counts for Visa ExtensionMarla Traveller's Rest is a sprawling roadhouse, hotel and motel, restaurant, service station, supermarket and much...

Retail Manager - Supermarket

Mataranka Supermarket

Mataranka, Northern Territory

• Serves customers by training staff and purchasing and displaying products.• Trains store staff by delivering training sessions, reviewing coaching needs with...

3mth ago

• Serves customers by training staff and purchasing and displaying products.• Trains store staff by delivering training sessions, reviewing coaching needs with...

Cook - Marla Travellers Rest Sa

Northern Interests Pty Ltd

Marla, South Australia

- Full time hours- Fun, Outback Experience with a friendly, supportive team- Counts for 88 daysWe are looking for an experienced Cook to join our friendly...

8mth ago

- Full time hours- Fun, Outback Experience with a friendly, supportive team- Counts for 88 daysWe are looking for an experienced Cook to join our friendly...

Electrical And Carpentry Trades Assistant

Add Business Group

Orange Grove, Perth

The team here at Add Business Group are seeking skilled laborers to help deliver a number of key projects building and installing mining camps around Western...

8mth ago

The team here at Add Business Group are seeking skilled laborers to help deliver a number of key projects building and installing mining camps around Western...

 

Hairdresser

Danielle Ann Advanced Hairdressing

Mount isa, Queensland

Qualified Senior stylist - hairdressing or barber$150 per week towards accommodation$35- $40 per hrWe are looking qualified senior stylist/ hairdresser to...

Qualified Senior stylist - hairdressing or barber$150 per week towards accommodation$35- $40 per hrWe are looking qualified senior stylist/ hairdresser to...

Site Riggers:

Payworx

Sydney

We are searching for experienced site-based riggers & boilermakers for our current and upcoming project works in Sydney.Our clients Construction and Maintenance...

1yr+ ago

We are searching for experienced site-based riggers & boilermakers for our current and upcoming project works in Sydney.Our clients Construction and Maintenance...

 

Tax Refund Calculator - Claim Your Tax Back

Working Holiday Tax Calculator

The average backpacker tax refund is $2,600. The Australia tax year ends in June. Calculate your tax refund using our quick online tool.

The average backpacker tax refund is $2,600. The Australia tax year ends in June. Calculate your tax refund using our quick online tool.

Exploration Drilling Offsider/field Assistant

Colling Exploration Pty Ltd

pinecreek, Darwin

Exploration drilling/ field work. Camping out Good$$ food and accommodation supplied.Must have drivers licence, physically fit and able to pass drug tests and daily...

1yr+ ago

Exploration drilling/ field work. Camping out Good$$ food and accommodation supplied.Must have drivers licence, physically fit and able to pass drug tests and daily...

Immediate Start!! Gold Coast Only!! Leads Generation Sales Role!

Ausuntech Energy

Labrador, Gold Coast

About UsWe are seeking highly motivated Marketing professionals that are HIGH PERFORMING to create appointments in the Gold Coast region.Ausuntech Solar is a...

1yr+ ago

About UsWe are seeking highly motivated Marketing professionals that are HIGH PERFORMING to create appointments in the Gold Coast region.Ausuntech Solar is a...

 

Urgent - April Aupair Nw Wa

Hinds

Port Hedland, Western Australia

Hey there travellers!*** please only apply if you can wait for a start date of Mid April and can commit til at least July.We are seeking our 6th AUPAir to...

1yr+ ago

Hey there travellers!*** please only apply if you can wait for a start date of Mid April and can commit til at least July.We are seeking our 6th AUPAir to...

Food & Beverage Staff

Flexi Staff

East Perth, Perth

We are currently seeking food and beverage staff for our various clients, including catering companies, premium restaurants, and larger events now.POTENTIAL...

1yr+ ago

We are currently seeking food and beverage staff for our various clients, including catering companies, premium restaurants, and larger events now.POTENTIAL...

April Aupair - Regional Wa

Hinds

Hedland, Western Australia

Hey there travellers!We are seeking our 6th AUPAir to join our adventurous family in North West Regional WA.We are located in a sunny town on the coast...

1yr+ ago

Hey there travellers!We are seeking our 6th AUPAir to join our adventurous family in North West Regional WA.We are located in a sunny town on the coast...

 

Chefs , Food Service Assistant And Foh

Chefs on the Run Australia

melbourne, Victoria

Chefs , Food Service Assistant and FOH - TOP UP for Christmas About UsChefs On The Run find work for Experienced Chefs, Cooks, Catering Assistants, Kitchen...

Chefs , Food Service Assistant and FOH - TOP UP for Christmas About UsChefs On The Run find work for Experienced Chefs, Cooks, Catering Assistants, Kitchen...

Warehouse Picker/ Helper

Pipe Ex

Dalby, Queensland

Looking to break into the oil, gas and mining sectors?We are looking for enthusiastic people to assist in our Dalby distribution centre. We supply the industry...

1yr+ ago

Looking to break into the oil, gas and mining sectors?We are looking for enthusiastic people to assist in our Dalby distribution centre. We supply the industry...

Fencing And Drilling Work

Rangeland Services

Western Australia

Rangeland services works in the mining, pastoral and construction industry.Providing small mobile single operator drill rigs and fencing crews to remote sites...

1yr+ ago

Rangeland services works in the mining, pastoral and construction industry.Providing small mobile single operator drill rigs and fencing crews to remote sites...

Site Supervisor

Bird

Brisbane, Queensland

A great opportunity exists for a full time, Site Supervisor to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Brisbane.About the roleThe Site Supervisor’s...

1yr+ ago

A great opportunity exists for a full time, Site Supervisor to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Brisbane.About the roleThe Site Supervisor’s...

Site Supervisors

Bird

Cairns, Queensland

A great opportunity exists for full time, Site Supervisors to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleThe Site Supervisor’s...

1yr+ ago

A great opportunity exists for full time, Site Supervisors to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleThe Site Supervisor’s...

Site Supervisors

Bird

Cairns, Queensland

A great opportunity exists for full time, Site Supervisors to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleThe Site Supervisor’s...

1yr+ ago

A great opportunity exists for full time, Site Supervisors to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleThe Site Supervisor’s...

Plant Operators

Bird

Cairns, Queensland

A great opportunity exists for full time, Plant Operators to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleWe are currently looking for...

1yr+ ago

A great opportunity exists for full time, Plant Operators to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleWe are currently looking for...

Project/site Engineer

Bird

Cairns, Queensland

A great opportunity exists for a full time, Project/Site Engineer to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleThe Project/Site...

1yr+ ago

A great opportunity exists for a full time, Project/Site Engineer to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleThe Project/Site...

Engineering Project Manager

Bird

Cairns, Queensland

A great opportunity exists for a full time, Engineering Project Manager to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleThe role of an...

1yr+ ago

A great opportunity exists for a full time, Engineering Project Manager to join our dedicated team at HEH Civil based in Cairns.About the roleThe role of an...

Geophysics Team Member

Fender Geophysics

Artarmon, New South Wales

Fender Geophysics is looking for casual field staff on geophysics crews. The role offers great opportunity for travel as we undertake surveys all over Australia and...

2yr+ ago

Fender Geophysics is looking for casual field staff on geophysics crews. The role offers great opportunity for travel as we undertake surveys all over Australia and...

 

Food And Beverage/housekeeping

Seasons Hotel Newman

Newman, Western Australia

Pacific Hotels Group is an Australian owned and operated company with 5 hotels across the country, and we are growing!Our Seasons Hotel Newman in the Pilbara is...

Pacific Hotels Group is an Australian owned and operated company with 5 hotels across the country, and we are growing!Our Seasons Hotel Newman in the Pilbara is...

Early Childhood Educator

Thriving Futures

Port Hedland Western Australia, Western Australia

Does your family have plans to move to the Pilbara region in Western Australia?Has your partner secured a role in the resource sector?Western Australia has...

2yr+ ago

Does your family have plans to move to the Pilbara region in Western Australia?Has your partner secured a role in the resource sector?Western Australia has...

Bar Staff / Supervisor

The Gerald Apartment Hotel

Geralton, Western Australia

The Gerald Apartment Hotel was established in 2018. We are a 40 room boutique hotel. Included in our venue is Bobs Boutique bar, Old Man & The Sea – Rooftop Bar and...

2yr+ ago

The Gerald Apartment Hotel was established in 2018. We are a 40 room boutique hotel. Included in our venue is Bobs Boutique bar, Old Man & The Sea – Rooftop Bar and...

Chef De Partie

The Cambridge Kununurra

Kununurra, Western Australia

The Cambridge Kununurra, is undergoing major renovations to become the hotel of choice, so we are calling out to all Chef de Parties … we want you!Our newly...

2yr+ ago

The Cambridge Kununurra, is undergoing major renovations to become the hotel of choice, so we are calling out to all Chef de Parties … we want you!Our newly...

Cellar Door Team Member

Cape Byron Distillery

McLeod's Shoot, New South Wales

CELLAR DOOR TEAM MEMBER POSITIONSituated in the heart of our Byron Bay Hinterland farm, amongst lush subtropical rainforest, Cape Byron Distillery is creating a...

2yr+ ago

CELLAR DOOR TEAM MEMBER POSITIONSituated in the heart of our Byron Bay Hinterland farm, amongst lush subtropical rainforest, Cape Byron Distillery is creating a...

Bar Attendant For Immediate Start

Marvel Loch Hotel

Marvel Loch, Perth

The Marvel Loch Hotel is located 28km from Southern Cross and a thriving mining community.We are looking for motivated bar staff to join our friendly team.RSA...

2yr+ ago

The Marvel Loch Hotel is located 28km from Southern Cross and a thriving mining community.We are looking for motivated bar staff to join our friendly team.RSA...

 

Preparation Samplers | Kalgoorlie Residential | Entry Level

Laboratory Recruitment Services (LRS)

Kalgoorlie,, WA, Western Australia

Laboratory Recruitment Services (LRS) was founded to provide candidates with a central place of information on employment opportunities in the mineral processing...

Laboratory Recruitment Services (LRS) was founded to provide candidates with a central place of information on employment opportunities in the mineral processing...

Timber Mill Labourers - Greenbushes

Parkside Group

Greenbushes, Western Australia

Parkside is a 70 plus year old large company with divisions in saw milling, timber manufacturing, land and property development, home construction and retirement...

3yr+ ago

Parkside is a 70 plus year old large company with divisions in saw milling, timber manufacturing, land and property development, home construction and retirement...

Factory Hand With Forklift Or Telehandler Experience Mildura Area.

Farm maintenance

MILDURA, Victoria

Work for an innovative processing company that specialised in land rehabilitation and recovery, if you have a hands on attitude and love to know more how to care about...

3yr+ ago

Work for an innovative processing company that specialised in land rehabilitation and recovery, if you have a hands on attitude and love to know more how to care about...

Draftsperson

Frog Services

Chinchilla, Queensland

We are looking for a draftsperson for 3-12 months using DraftSight Professional/Ares commander. The primary focus of your role will be to modify and re-produce...

3yr+ ago

We are looking for a draftsperson for 3-12 months using DraftSight Professional/Ares commander. The primary focus of your role will be to modify and re-produce...

Cleaner - Work For Accommodation

Travellers Haven

Mount Isa, Queensland

We are currently looking for a cleaner with a strong attention to detail to do approximately ten to twelve hours of cleaning per week. You will be required to clean...

3yr+ ago

We are currently looking for a cleaner with a strong attention to detail to do approximately ten to twelve hours of cleaning per week. You will be required to clean...

Au Pair - Live In Position

Money Family

Moranbah, Queensland

* Every weekend off*2 long weekends off per month*Car to use on your days off to get away on weekendsHello future Au Pair!We are a family of five who...

3yr+ ago

* Every weekend off*2 long weekends off per month*Car to use on your days off to get away on weekendsHello future Au Pair!We are a family of five who...

Cafe Cook And All Rounder

The Gourmet Gecko Cafe

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales

We are looking for a friendly, reliable cook to work the weekends and could be more hours if wanted at our little cafe in outback opal mining town of Lightning Ridge NSW

3yr+ ago

We are looking for a friendly, reliable cook to work the weekends and could be more hours if wanted at our little cafe in outback opal mining town of Lightning Ridge NSW

Warehouse Assistant And Parts Painter

MASPRO Engineering

Condobolin, New South Wales

Maspro Engineering manufactures after-market spare /replacement parts for the mining industry, while also providing repairs and services. Headquartered in Condobolin,...

3yr+ ago

Maspro Engineering manufactures after-market spare /replacement parts for the mining industry, while also providing repairs and services. Headquartered in Condobolin,...

Live In Au Pair - 7 Days On 7 Days Off

Alan and Vicky Louw

Moranbah, Queensland

We are a family of 4 living in Moranbah, looking for our next au pair to look after our two children ages 2 and 1 on a 7 days on 7 off roster.Accomodation - large...

3yr+ ago

We are a family of 4 living in Moranbah, looking for our next au pair to look after our two children ages 2 and 1 on a 7 days on 7 off roster.Accomodation - large...

Drillers Offsiders

Precision Exploration Drilling Pty Ltd

Geraldton, Western Australia

Drillers Offsiders for immediate start.Work in various locations across regional WA. Accommodation and meals included.Precision Exploration Drilling (PXD) are...

3yr+ ago

Drillers Offsiders for immediate start.Work in various locations across regional WA. Accommodation and meals included.Precision Exploration Drilling (PXD) are...

Au Pair

Moore

Roxby Downs, South Australia

Looking for our first Au Pair to join our family preferably longer term!Come to outback Roxby Downs South Australia!Enjoy a beautiful desert experience in a...

3yr+ ago

Looking for our first Au Pair to join our family preferably longer term!Come to outback Roxby Downs South Australia!Enjoy a beautiful desert experience in a...

Rooftop Bar Manager

The Gerald Apartment Hotel

Geraldton, Western Australia

The Old Man & the Sea Rooftop Baris an exciting and unique boutique bar licensed for up to 250 people, overlooking Geraldton and Australia’s Coral Coast....

3yr+ ago

The Old Man & the Sea Rooftop Baris an exciting and unique boutique bar licensed for up to 250 people, overlooking Geraldton and Australia’s Coral Coast....

Roadhouse Cook/chef (nt)

The Job Shop

Northern Territory

A remote roadhouse/pub/restaurant is looking for an experienced & qualified Cook/Chef to join their team starting from 17th July 2020.This is a 6-12 month...

3yr+ ago

A remote roadhouse/pub/restaurant is looking for an experienced & qualified Cook/Chef to join their team starting from 17th July 2020.This is a 6-12 month...

Au Pair

Phelan family

Port Hedland, Western Australia

Dear Future Au Pair,We are seeking our Seventh amazing Aupair to join our family around August 2020.We live in a beautiful mining town in Port Hedland,...

3yr+ ago

Dear Future Au Pair,We are seeking our Seventh amazing Aupair to join our family around August 2020.We live in a beautiful mining town in Port Hedland,...

Au Pair

Cluff family

North Lakes, Brisbane

⭐️Commence 5th June 2020⭐️6 months position⭐️Weekends off. And bonus every second Friday off. And a whole week off in end of June.⭐️36hrs/week....

3yr+ ago

⭐️Commence 5th June 2020⭐️6 months position⭐️Weekends off. And bonus every second Friday off. And a whole week off in end of June.⭐️36hrs/week....

Construction Labourer

Benang

Canning vale, Western Australia

Benang Energy is an emerging Infrastructure services provider focused on sustainable solutions within the Utilities, Construction & Mining & Resources Sectors. Benang...

4yr+ ago

Benang Energy is an emerging Infrastructure services provider focused on sustainable solutions within the Utilities, Construction & Mining & Resources Sectors. Benang...

Newman Mining Camp Cleanup

Brixle Pty Ltd

Newman, Western Australia

Abandoned mining camp/resort cleanup in Newman.Starting early December.Looking for upto 4x fit and able people for moving furniture, removing rubbish etc.Cash...

4yr+ ago

Abandoned mining camp/resort cleanup in Newman.Starting early December.Looking for upto 4x fit and able people for moving furniture, removing rubbish etc.Cash...

Fly In Fly Out - Mining Chef

Building Careers Australia

Perth, Western Australia

Building Careers Australia is on the lookout for Trade Qualified Chefs for an immediate start to work on large and small mine sites throughout Western Australia....

4yr+ ago

Building Careers Australia is on the lookout for Trade Qualified Chefs for an immediate start to work on large and small mine sites throughout Western Australia....

Bar And Kitchen Staff Wanted... Free Accomodation

wells

nsw, New South Wales

Looking for another great member to join our team in outback nsw. Must have RSA and rcg or willing to obtain one.meals and accomodation included with a great weekly...

4yr+ ago

Looking for another great member to join our team in outback nsw. Must have RSA and rcg or willing to obtain one.meals and accomodation included with a great weekly...

Pub Allrounders

Great Western Hotel

Cobar, New South Wales

****PUB/HOTEL ALLROUNDERS WANTED***The Great western hotel in cobar are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our family.The role will consist of bar...

5yr+ ago

****PUB/HOTEL ALLROUNDERS WANTED***The Great western hotel in cobar are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our family.The role will consist of bar...

Aupair Required 2018

Rafferty

Moranbah, Queensland

Aupair Required - 22 years +- Full time- Minimum 2 days off per week- Private furnished bedroom/bathroom detached from the house- Own car for transporting...

5yr+ ago

Aupair Required - 22 years +- Full time- Minimum 2 days off per week- Private furnished bedroom/bathroom detached from the house- Own car for transporting...

Start Your Central Queensland Adventure Now!!

Holt

Moranbah, Queensland, Queensland

Are you looking for a unique Australian Au Pair job - wanting to earn some money to go towards your next travels? This is a job you do not want to go past! We are a...

5yr+ ago

Are you looking for a unique Australian Au Pair job - wanting to earn some money to go towards your next travels? This is a job you do not want to go past! We are a...

Truck Driver

Saltbush Pastoral

Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Saltbush Contracting Pty Ltd is a privately owned contracting firm providing a diverse range of civil services, haulage capabilities and Plant and Equipment hire to...

6yr+ ago

Saltbush Contracting Pty Ltd is a privately owned contracting firm providing a diverse range of civil services, haulage capabilities and Plant and Equipment hire to...

Au Pair

Lawrence

Gunnedah, New South Wales

Looking for our first AU Pair to join our little family starting in February 2018 for a short term of 6-12 weeks before our long term AU pair can arrive.Hi, we...

6yr+ ago

Looking for our first AU Pair to join our little family starting in February 2018 for a short term of 6-12 weeks before our long term AU pair can arrive.Hi, we...

Bar Work

Outback Railway Hotel

Ravenswood, Queensland

We require an energetic happy person to help us run a beautiful old Historic hotel in a Outback Gold mining town in North Queensland.Accommodation and all meals...

6yr+ ago

We require an energetic happy person to help us run a beautiful old Historic hotel in a Outback Gold mining town in North Queensland.Accommodation and all meals...

Trades Assistant - Mechanical

Perth Recruitment Services

Canningvale, Perth

Perth Recruitment Services are urgently looking for a mechanical trade's assistant to fill a short term role (up to three weeks) in a clean modern workshop in Canning...

6yr+ ago

Perth Recruitment Services are urgently looking for a mechanical trade's assistant to fill a short term role (up to three weeks) in a clean modern workshop in Canning...

Mining Jobs in Australia

We can all agree that Australia is big and empty. Unless you know what you're looking for...

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Find Mining Jobs in Australia

The truth is that Australia is very mineral rich. From coal and iron ore to some of the world's most sought-after gems, Australia's mining industry is one of the biggest in the world, which is great news for backpackers on a 417 or 462 visa looking for work.

Where are most mining jobs located?

Australian mining jobs aren't exactly in convenient locations. Most of the jobs are found in regional, hard to access parts of the Australian mainland - places where minerals have been left to slow cook for millions of years, and where the opening of a huge open cut mine won't be met by much, if any, resistance. Mount Isa, Queensland's largest mining town, is a 20 hour drive from the state capital of Brisbane, for example.

With the greatest amount of land at their disposal, it makes sense that Australia's two biggest states, Western Australia and Queensland, are the country's mining powerhouses.

What are FIFO jobs?

If you're looking for a mining job, you've probably heard the term FIFO, which stands for 'fly in, fly out'. Because most Australian mining jobs are seriously remote, it makes sense for mining companies to fly their workers in and have them work non-stop for weeks at a time, before flying them out again for an extended break.

A FIFO worker's schedule will depend on the company and the job. Some FIFO workers will work two weeks on before getting two weeks off, others will have three on and one off, etc.

What mining jobs are available to working holidaymakers?

While many mining jobs require a university-level education, there are a number of entry-level positions open to willing working holidaymakers that require no experience. Examples include:

  • Labourer: Such a large scale project as a mine needs plenty of hired hands to do simple labouring tasks.
  • Truck driver: Ever felt the desire to drive a vehicle as big as a house? Being a driver on a mine site grants you the opportunity!
  • Cleaner: Things can get dirty and dusty on a mine site, and someone's got to clean it!
  • Admin/ in-office jobs: If you're not a fan of dirt under the nails, there are always a wealth of in-office roles available, including administration, payroll, procurement, reception and scheduling.

What qualifications are needed?

When you combine big machinery with a notable lack of medical facilities, safety becomes all the more important. Mining sites are some of the most red tape filled workplaces in the world, and for good reason.

The 'tickets' - the qualifications and licences - that you'll need will depend on the job that you're going for. As a minimum you'll have to show a white card, the same card necessary to step foot on any construction site in Australia, and a police security clearance.

From there the necessary tickets become job-specific, like a heavy vehicle (sometimes called a 'heavy rigid' or HR) licence for drivers. The necessary tickets should be stated on the job description.

If you get through the first few stages of the interview process, you'll most likely be asked to undergo a pre-employment medical to ensure that you are fit to work in what can often be challenging conditions.

What is the pay like?

In short? Really good.

If you're willing to put up with the less desirable aspects of the job, you can often earn more as an entry-level worker in the mines as you can as a highly trained professional in the city. It's common for a cleaner or labourer to earn $40 an hour - double Australia's world-leading minimum wage. On top of that, many mining jobs, in particular FIFO, will see living expenses like accommodation and food paid for. You also won't be tempted by a trip to the mall or cinema, because there is no mall or cinema.

Pros and cons of mining jobs

So, is a mining job the right choice for you, the working holidaymaker? Let's sum up the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Great pay
  • Counts as specified work for your second and third year visas
  • Living costs are often taken care of
  • Forced saving, as there's minimal temptation to spend
  • Work hard, play hard: extended breaks for FIFO workers

Cons

  • Away from civilisation (perhaps a pro to some!)
  • Limited ways to unwind and relax outside of work hours
  • FIFO workers will work for weeks at a time (before getting an extended break)
  • Work and live with a small group of people

So while Australian mining jobs are terrific for your bank balance and your visa extension, the more human sides of the job can be a challenge.

The pay and limited amount of jobs can mean it's a competitive space to get work in. But if you can, there's almost no better way for a working holidaymaker to make good, fast money.