Mining Work – what is it?



Where sites are remotely located and do not have alternate transport (i.e. FI/FO facilities) you will be required to provide your own transport. This means factoring in the possibility of driving home after a 14-day roster of 12-hour shifts.


Some remote sites have very limited access and so offer fly-in/fly- out facilities.


  • Most flights leave very early in the morning
  • You will often have to fly in small planes for at least two hours (the smaller the plane; the longer it takes)
  • Limited to 10 kg total luggage per bag
  • If the site airport is closed because of extreme weather conditions, you’re locked in. So, you could end up spending some of your rostered time off on site until your next time off.
  • Emergency travel is always available (e.g. injury/death of immediate family members)

Living locally

Some mine sites are located in the vicinity of local townships and do not need camp and fly-in/fly-out facilities.

In these cases, you will be required to relocate and reside at that township while working on site. Transport to/from the mine site is generally provided.


Mine sites are heavy Industrial areas and are commonly situated in very remote locations with limited entry access.

Certain restrictive conditions apply on all sites, for example:

  • Access
  • Environmental hazards
  • Culturally-sensitive areas

These and other issues will be explained during site-specific Inductions. Visitor access is not permitted except by invitation.

Camp Area

Accommodation and mess facilities with permanent and temporary rooms, depending on length of stay (designed to make your stay on site as comfortable as possible).

Sites provide a range of facilities, i.e. bar, gym, sporting facilities, pool, a basic shop, and TV, and all meals while you are on site.

Mobile telephone coverage is usually very limited to limited; land-line and internet access may be available.

Processing area

Usually a large processing plant with restricted access to inducted personnel only due to the many moving parts (crushers, mills, conveyors, and potentially harmful chemicals being used in the milling process).

Mining area

Also another restricted area due to scheduled blasting and constant traffic from a large number of heavy mobile vehicles.


Mines usually operate 24 hours per day, every day of the year. Rosters differ from site to site and even internally from area to area to meet each department’s objectives. Rosters are usually set and are un-negotiable. Meaning you will have to work Public Holidays if you are on roster at the time.

  • Roster configurations include: 14/7 (14 days on; 7 off); 7/7; 8/6; 4/3; 6/2; 2 months on/1 month off
  • Shift lengths: usually 10 to 12.5 hours (depends on site requirements). Shifts can be all day; all night; or split shifts

Uniforms and PPE

All sites—and different areas on site—have their own minimum requirements. High Vis uniforms are usually mandatory and will be supplied prior to site entry and carrying out most tasks.

PPE may include steel cap boots, hard hat, protective glasses, gloves and ear protection. You will be informed prior to going to site what PPE you need to provide and what will be provided by the company. You will always be shown the correct use of PPE.

It is up to each individual to ensure uniforms and PPE are stored and maintained in constantly useable condition or replaced.