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NT Mining Companies & Contractors (Northern Territory)

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The Northern Territory has been named as one of the best regions to mine and invest in resources (Source: Canada’s Fraser Institute) and with several major mine sites, it is a great place to find a job in the mining industry.

Below you will find a comprehensive list of mining companies, contractors and companies that service the Northern Territory mining industry, as well as information about the major mine sites and some things you need to be aware of when job hunting from out of the state.

Mining Companies Working in the Northern Territory

Here are the major companies that either own or run mines in the Northern Territory (NT). Most of them are household names, but they are a great place to start your job search for a NT mining position.

Smaller NT Mining Companies & Contractors

Most of the major mining companies above are looking for experience workers with qualifications. Most job seekers tend to agree that targeting the smaller mining companies, or more specifically the companies contracted by the major mining companies (or service them), are the companies that are more likely to hire entry level workers.

We are constantly adding new companies below to provide the most comprehensive list of NT mining contractors that have both a website and a specific ‘careers’ page with either job listings or employment information.

Know of a NT mining company that should be added to either of the lists above? Contact us.

Things to Keep in Mind

The media and several websites have painted the mining industry as something that you can just walk into with little or no effort. This is definitely not the case, and are here are some things to keep in mind.

  • Mining Towns are Expensive to Live In
    Unless you pick up a FIFO position with one of these NT mining companies you are going to need to find local accommodation. The problem is that renting a house can be obscenely expensive and even caravan park cabins and shared accommodation can be at a very high premium on what you are used to paying. This needs to be taken into account when you are considering your potential mining salary.
  • Finding Any Accommodation Can Be Difficult
    The reason accommodation is so expensive is because there are more people needing housing then there is actual accommodation. This is true in most mining communities and it is not uncommon for for local caravan parks to have a waiting list and be booked out 6 months in advance.
  • You Are (Most Likely) Not Going to Walk Into a Dump Truck Job
    It seems like everyone is looking to enter the mining sector as a truck driver. Maybe it is the appeal of driving big dump trucks, or maybe it is just the idea of walking into a good salary, but the fact of the matter is that there are only a few companies that offer dump truck traineeships (usually once or twice a year) and almost every other truck driver position requires 6-12months experience. Lower your expectations and broaden your job hunt to include other unskilled positions – even if it is just to get working in the mining communities.

Mining in the Northern Territory

Interested in learning more about what is mined and where? Here is a list of the main mining towns in NT.

  • Tennant Creek
    One of the largest towns in NT, Tennant Creek used to be the one of the largest gold producers in the country and are currently still productive. Manganese is another resources that is mined in the area, with the following being currently explored: bauxite, lead-zinc-silver and copper (source).
  • Borroloola
    Borroloola is home to the McArthur River Mine, run by mining giant Xstrata. Located 70km out of Borroloola, the mine is the world’s largest bulk producer of zinc in concentrate form (source).
  • Nhulunbuy (Gove)
    Located in Arnhem Land, Nhulunbuy (or Gove as it is also known) is home to a bauxite mine and alumina refinery owned by Rio Tinto. Driving to Gove requires a permit, so most workers are flown in.
  • Jabiru
    Jabiru is home to Energy Resources of Australia’s Ranger Uranium mine, which is one of the largest producers of Uranium in the world.

Make sure you search through the NT mining companies and contractors listed above, contact the ones that are relevant to the position you are looking for and don’t forget to do some research on the different mining locations in Northern Territory. We have also compiled a great resource of recruitment companies in the Northern Territory that you can find here.