As many people who live in Western Australia know, mining is the lifeblood of the state, with the mining industry dominating life to a certain degree. And as most Australians may have heard at some point, the state capital Perth is one of the most isolated cities in the planet, with only Honolulu rivalling it for sheer distance to any other major urban centre. 

And with mining sites often being located in some extremely remote areas, they have to be worlds unto themselves, as they cannot rely on nearby settlements, let alone major urban centres, as a base for support. This means mining jobs WA companies have available aren’t always directly related to mining, as someone from out of the state might think. 

Mining companies are obligated to take care of the well-being of their personnel. This means that they employ thousands of people in support roles that may not be necessarily directly related to actually extracting mineral ore out of the ground. They also have to maintain a very serious logistics chain across the vast expanse of Western Australia, which means they also employ thousands of people in these roles. A number of mining jobs Perth-based mining companies will have may also be related to compliance. 

Because of the demands of the work and the emergence of new sites, there is a healthy demand for all kinds of mining jobs in Western Australia. Here a few of the mining positions typically available:

  • Mine designers
  • Borers
  • Drill machine operators
  • Explosives experts
  • Loading machine operators
  • Rock dust machine operators
  • Dump truck operators
  • Fire suppression technician
  • Digger

Here are just a few types of “mining jobs” people outside of Western Australia may not expect:

  • Environmental scientists
  • Cleaners
  • Materials sorters
  • Waste disposal specialists
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Systems analysts
  • Secretaries
  • Receptionists
  • Emergency services officers
  • Medical specialists
  • Nurses
  • Security officers
  • Mechanics
  • Electricians
  • Water purification specialists
  • Clerks
  • Cooks and chefs
  • Wait-staff
  • HR personnel
  • IT professionals

And that’s just the beginning. As you can tell, all the types of jobs you would need to safely and comfortably run a small community are covered when discussing mining jobs. Mining recruitment agencies Perth-based businesses rely on may not necessarily make it obvious that those different types of jobs are available in mining sites.

Due to the importance of mining in Perth’s economy, you will also typically find a variety of jobs based in Perth itself that support the mining industry, but do not necessarily require you to fly out or drive to a remote site.

How does one get those mining support jobs?

Mining recruitment agencies around Perth will have a variety of these support jobs available. You can also check out direct listings from companies based in Perth as well.

Having the following will also typically make it much easier to land a support job.

  • Australian Recognised Trade Certificate (when applicable)
  • Valid Driver’s Licence (when applicable)
  • Reference checks  
  • Police clearance

Many jobs are entry-level and require no prior experience and there are also jobs that require other types of certification.  Be sure to check out the specific requirements for each listing before sending in your application.