Will a criminal record prevent me from working in the mines?

BY: Tracey Mesken12/09/2013

​So, you want to work in the Australian resources industry but worried about a couple of past slip ups with the law? Fair enough.  Mining jobs all across the country can offer a rewarding and exciting career opportunity for those willing to work hard and commit themselves. However, before you start sending out job applications, it's important to consider whether employers will see you as a safe and worthwhile hire.​In the past, mines had a reputation for being seedy places filled with criminals. But today, most mining employers prefer to fill their roster with safe, reliable and sensible people.What sort of crimes will prevent me from working in the mines? A criminal record won't necessarily prevent you from securing employment in the mining industry, but there are certain crimes that many employers will take seriously. Different mines/employers will have restrictions on their employees. Generally, most mining companies will not be concerned about small former infractions on your record. However, many maintain a zero tolerance policy for offences related to violence or drug use.Should I disclose my criminal history to employers? Yes. At the end of the day, honesty is always the best option. You will have a far better chance of overcoming your criminal record if you are willing to discuss it openly with your employer. Many mining employers do a thorough background check on employees before hiring anyone, so it is likely that your past will come to the fore regardless. Lying about your previous infringements will almost certainly put you out of the running. If you are unsure about any crimes that may have been marked against you, consider contacting your relevant state or territory police service and asking for a formal summary of your police record.

So You Want a Job in the Mines

BY: Tracey Mesken05/06/2013

​We appreciate you want to do everything you can to put yourself at the front of the queue for Entry Level positions. These positions are at the discretion of clients and are sometimes not advertised externally so it is important to register with an agency such as WorkPac in the first instance. It is important that you also only apply for positions that are suitable for your skill level. For example applications for positions that require experienced Operators will not be considered.  The number one reason for this is safety. Mine Site Requirements Each state differs slightly in the minimum requirements for mine site employment. In in general terms, the following are the usual minimum requirements. Note that this does not guarantee you will be successful in securing mines site employment.Physical fitness for the intended role (as determined by a pre-employment medical)Ability to pass a Drug and Alcohol TestMining industry Generic Inductions and/or mine site specific inductionsFirst Steps The real key to obtaining a job in the mines is persistence. Here are some steps to take:Register with WorkPac (you can do this before you have your relevant medicals and advise us once complete).Keep an eye on our website as well as mining company websites for entry level jobs and apply.Network. Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know.Stay in touch - keep us informed of your availability and qualifications.Continue to develop your skills and qualifications in complementary industries such as construction and infrastructure projects.Frequently Asked Questions Here are a few answers to some of the more regular questions we get asked about joining the mining and resources industry as an entry level operator. How long will it take for me to get a job in the mines? That depends entirely on you. How bad do you want a job and how much effort are you prepared to put in to getting the job? There is no definite time frame but reward comes to those who are persistent. What is the lifestyle like when you work in the mining industry? The mining industry offers diverse lifestyle opportunities depending on the role and location. Residential roles will require you to live near the mine in a regional or mining community. Accommodation and transport to site is not always included with Entry Level positions however, so you may be required to arrange your own. Some roles are also offered on a bus in, bus out basis. Buses will usually travel from the nearest urban centre to and from the mine location. Such roles will usually also supply accommodation and meals in a camp near to the mine. For experienced workers, certain mine sites may have an option for Fly-In-Fly-Out (FIFO) work. This is particularly prevalent in WA due to the remote location of most mine sites. A few interstate mine sites do also offer these positions though. Shift rosters vary between sites, however they will generally operate on an “even-time” cycle with either a four days on/four days off or seven days on/seven days off basis. Some sites do also have roster cycles that require people to be away for extended periods of 2-3wks before returning home on a break. Shifts will rotate throughout a roster cycle between day and night shifts. Each shift is approximately 12 – 13 hours long, with rest/ meal or “crib” breaks included. Are there any websites you would recommend looking at? Relevant State Mining/Minerals/Resources Department website http://www. resourcesrto.org What if I have a criminal record, can I still get a job in the mines? It depends. Most minor incidents are no concern, but there is zero tolerance to violence or drugs. I am over 50 and have no experience, is that a problem? Not at all. Pending your meeting of all medical requirements, mining companies are looking for good reliable people who are punctual, responsible and prepared to work. Are there jobs for women in the mines? Yes. We have placed many women into roles in the mines. Our clients are equal opportunity employers. Still Have More Questions? Call us on 1300 967 572 or register online with WorkPac today so we can get you started on a road to a rewarding career in the mines.