Highest paid oil and gas and engineering jobs in Australia: Jobs in LNG, CSG in Queensland and Western Australia; maps

Map of Australian job opportunity zones

Where the high paid jobs are in Australia. Click to enlarge
Where the high paid jobs are in Australia. Click to enlarge

A hot country with big spaces in between things; but regional cultures and climates vary widely

In the inland areas wide dusty roads and big spaces. But housing prices and rents have gone way up. So maybe buy a low cost caravan in a depressed area, - like Tasmania or South Australia and get a four wheel drive and tow the caravan to the job area
In the inland areas wide dusty roads and big spaces. But housing prices and rents have gone way up. So maybe buy a low cost caravan in a depressed area, - like Tasmania or South Australia and get a four wheel drive and tow the caravan to the job area

To get work in Australia - perhaps sponsored work - you need a job offer from a regional area and visa from the Federal government.


You will also need skills and experience: The areas of largest demand are Queensland and Western Australia mining and energy projects in LNG coal seam gas, coal and mining.
Huge demand for skilled workers: By April 2011, energy project developments accounted for 35 of the 94 advanced projects.
Oil and gas projects work up 25 per cent: Capital expenditure on advanced energy projects increased by 25 per cent in the six months to April 2011; the Gladstone LNG project, the commitment by BHP Billiton to coal projects. Petroleum projects (comprising oil and gas projects) account for around 92 per cent ($106.1 billion) of the total estimated capital cost of all advanced energy projects.
The big one; Gorgon LNG project: This joint venture between Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil, and three Japanese customers was a LNG development for completion by 2015. It is the largest single resource project to be undertaken in Australia. IT was in Western Australia.

Employed Australian's average weekly earnings 2011

 Australia’s highest-paid workers are those employed in the LNG and mining industries, with ordinary earnings averaging A$115,960 a year.
Australia’s highest-paid workers are those employed in the LNG and mining industries, with ordinary earnings averaging A$115,960 a year.

Australia exploration engineers in very short supply

This is a top-paid job. A real shortage exists. For example the Western Australia Goverment has to keep on replacing  its $100k exploration engineers as they get offered 3- 4 times more money and benefits, by corporations.
This is a top-paid job. A real shortage exists. For example the Western Australia Government has to keep on replacing its $100k exploration engineers as they get offered 3- 4 times more money and benefits, by corporations.

LNG boom: For the next decade Australia was boom conditions; coal, iron ore, LNG and coal seam gas

Australian gas and energy capital capital expenditure in 2010-11 was the highest on record and nearly four times the average annual expenditure of the past 30 years ($14.7 billion).
30 per cent work spike: Mining and LNG project investment plans at the end of April 2011 was a record $173.5 billion, an increase of 31 per cent from October 2010.
Coal seam, coal, iron ore, LNG the drivers: The Gladstone LNG project (Santos, Petronas, Total and Kogas), which has a capital cost of US$16 billion. Also BHP Billiton, Fortescue Metals Group and Rio Tinto, had metallurgical coal mining and infrastructure projects in Queensland, thermal coal projects in New South Wales and iron ore mining and infrastructure projects in Western Australia, with a total capital expenditure of US$21.7 billion.

Mining and exploration salaries: the trend is up, up, up

LNG jobs in Australia


Jobs in LNG:

  1. drilling and well construction
  2. trades such as boiler making, electrical, specialised welders and instrumentation site preparation, scaffolding and steel fixing painting, insulation and concreting
  3. tank construction
  4. civil and major construction management
  5. pipe fitting
  6. project management and administration
  7. general labouring and offsiders.


Environmental engineer salary: Australia law requires complex environment reports

Contractors in the field and employees are in high demand and have constant work
Contractors in the field and employees are in high demand and have constant work

Plant facilities manager a high demand job in Australia

Huge demand for plant engineers and managers. The growth is phenomenal
Huge demand for plant engineers and managers. The growth is phenomenal

103 men for every woman in Western Australia

Black dots are men. A shortage of women in development areas. This is the place to go ladies if you want a high paid husband. But they could be a bit rough around the edges. This is a 'new money" zone. Option two, get your own high-paid job.
Black dots are men. A shortage of women in development areas. This is the place to go ladies if you want a high paid husband. But they could be a bit rough around the edges. This is a 'new money" zone. Option two, get your own high-paid job.

LNG and Coal Seam Gas Skills Needs

Engineers were needed in all areas: The needs were drilling, process plant, operations
electrotechnology, (electrical), mechanical trade (fitting), water operations, field construction, occupational health and safety, logistics, transport, warehouse, cultural heritage, compliance staff, and shutdown staff.
For example:
QGC Pty Limited has awarded a contracts to Thiess Pty Ltd, and Transfield Services for LNG and gas field work in the Surat Basin of Queensland

Average Western Australia Oil and Gas Salary

Qualifications in demand in Australia for the next decade

  1. Engineering & Science
  2. Engineering Degrees Civil, Chemical,
  3. Mechanical, Electrical & Petroleum
  4. Environmental Science
  5. Trade (Technical)
  6. Drilling
  7. Drilling Oil and Gas Onshore (Cert II Dip) Process Plant Operators
  8. Cert III IV Process Plant Technology

Skill Sets Needed in Australia

  1. Electrotechnology
  2. Cert III Electrotechnology Maintenance
  3. (Systems & Instrumentation)
  4. Cert III Hazardous Areas (Electrician)
  5. Mechanical Trade (Fitting)
  6. Dip in Engineering
  7. Cert III Engineering, Mechanical
  8. (Maintenance, Diesel Fitting)
  9. + Vendor training
  10. Field Construction
  11. Dip in Mechanical or
  12. Electrical/Engineering
  13. Trades (Non Technical)
  14. Cert IV OH&S
  15. Cert III IV Transport and Logistics
  16. Logistics Operations
  17. Warehousing and Storage


Electrical engineers a valuable commodity in Australia expeciually with the new carbon price requiring energy audits

In Queensland, these companies need workers

Adani Mining, LNG, Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, Macarthur Coal, Argonaut Resources, Molopo Australia, Arrow Energy, Northern Energy, Bandanna Energy, Norton Gold Fields, Belridge Enterprises, Origin Energy, Bengal Coal, Peabody Pacific, BG Group, Planet Metals, BHP Billiton, QCoal, Bow Energy, Queensland Industrial Minerals, Caledon Resources, Rio Tinto Coal Australia, Cement Australia, Santos, Cockatoo Coal, Shell Australia, Conquest Mining, Vale Australia, Ensham Resources, Waratah Coal, Gladstone Pacific Nickel, WesFarmers Resources, Hancock Coal, WestSide, Incitec Pivot, Xstrata, Jellinbah Mining, Yancoal, and Lake Vermont Coal Resources.

You can try for sponsored migration to Western Australia on a temporary or permanent visa

Avoid agencies due to exploitation risk: Mines Minister Stirling Hinchliffe warned jobseekers take care when using agencies claiming to recruit. Read this note about fraud risk.
Government warnings: "If you choose to use a migration agent it is important to check whether the agent is properly registered. It is illegal in Australia to provide advice about migration to Australia without being properly registered.

  1. You can apply for Western Australia State Sponsorship:
  2. directly to Western Australia Government; click here or
  3. through a migration agent.

If you apply through a migration agent Skilled Migration WA will usually correspond directly with your appointed migration agent.
List of agents: Migration agents are controlled by the Federal Government. For a list of official agents go here.

Visa application realities

Western Australian skilled migration occupation list 2011 - 2012

Applicants who have a skill listed on the Western Australian skilled migration occupation list may be eligible to apply for Western Australian State Sponsorship using the following visas:
Skilled Sponsored Visa (SSV) - Subclass 176 (Offshore) and 886 (Onshore)
Skilled Regional Sponsored (Provisional) Visa (SRSV) - Subclass 475 (Offshore) and 487 (Onshore)

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Tams R 4 years ago from Missouri

Very informative hub. It's no wonder the job pays so well with the prices of fuel rising so rapidly.

A friend of mine works for the oil industry in the US and makes a good living, but says he works all the time. He said it was high stress and he rarely gets time for his family.

If you have what it takes this is definitely the industry to get involved in.


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claudiafox 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

Yes many of these high-paid jobs come with a down-side such as fly-in fly-out (FIFO) two week shifts. These can create havoc for families and children. But these jobs make a good option for single people in the saving for a home phase of life.

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