Photo of a dump truck driver at an Australian coal mine.

How To Get a Mining Jobs With No Experience

Photo of a dump truck driver at an Australian coal mine.

It seems like everyone in Australia wants their piece of the mining pie, which is no surprise when the billion dollar industry makes up 8% of the national GDP and the size of exporting tripling in the last 4 years (up to $117.6 billion).

Mining is big business and there can be a lot of money to be made working a mining job, but if you have no experience then what are your options?

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Hopefully this will provide you with a solid overview of what to expect and provide a great starting point for you to continue your research into the industry as well as give you the contacts you need to get a mining job with no experience.

How Much Money Can Mining Jobs Make?

If you take a look at the MyCareer Mining, Oil & Gas Salary Center, you will see that the ‘average’ salary in the mining industry is $143,197

Some specific careers earning close to half a million dollars.

But what about people looking for mining jobs with no experience, what are the income levels like for them?

Well according to WestJobs (A West Australian Job Site), with the right information a person with no mining experience could walk into a job with a major company such as BHP Billiton or Rio Tinto with a starting salary of $1,200 to $2,000 a week.

The thing you need to keep in mind is that the first mining job is just to get your foot in the door and the pay may not be as much as you are expecting. The people who chase the money are usually the ones that don’t last, so go into your job search with an understanding that you most likely will not walk into a six figure position – just aim to get work in a mining community and then network!

Still Interested?

Can You Get a Mining Job with No Experience?

Almost everyone in Australian seems to have been interested in working in the mines at some stage in their life. But the majority of them give up on the idea after struggling to find a job. Is it really impossible for an unskilled worker to get a start in the mining industry, or is there another reason so many people are failing in their job search?

It is definitely possible!

We constantly hear from people through of ‘Mining Jobs Australia’ Facebook page about how they are currently working in the mining industry after getting their start with no experience – AND not knowing anyone in the industry. Many people who are frustrated will claim ‘it’s not what you know, but who’, however the people who got their mining job will say it came down to persistence and really pursuing the mining companies.

Your Entry Level Options in the Mining Industry:

  • Admin/Service Roles
    A lot of people are looking to just get any job in the mining community so they can start networking and hopefully move into a position that they are more interested in. Service providers that look after the camp are a great option as they usually have a low entry barrier and high turnover (meaning regular job openings).  We are working on a comprehensive list of these companies, but you can start with these ones.
  • Labourer/TA
    Do you have labouring experience in the construction industry or have worked in a position that required heavy manual labour? Then keep an eye out for positions for labourers and trade assistants. You are more likely to get a start on shut down jobs, but apply for any ones that do not specific mining experience in their job requirements.
  • Trade Qualified
    Are you trade qualified? Make sure you regularly search the job sites for your trade in the mining category! While most will require mining experience, not all of them do. Labour hire companies and contractors are a good place to start your search.
  • Apprenticeship
    Mining Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for people looking for a long-term career in the resource sector. They provide you with 4 years of employment and mining experience and great career options after completion.

Click through to the next page below to get an overview of training courses, where to find entry level job listings and how to actually get a job in the industry.