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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 exploration engineers in very short supply
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:
- drilling and well construction
- trades such as boiler making, electrical, specialised welders and instrumentation site preparation, scaffolding and steel fixing painting, insulation and concreting
- tank construction
- civil and major construction management
- pipe fitting
- project management and administration
- general labouring and offsiders.
Environmental engineer salary: Australia law requires complex environment reports
Plant facilities manager a high demand job in Australia
103 men for every woman in Western Australia
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
Big new Australian LNG projects; these need really workers, and they need them now
- Liquefied Natural Gas Limited
Liquefied Natural Gas Limited has been formed to act as an energy link between previously discovered but non commercial gas reserves and existing, and potential new, energy markets identified by the Company. The gas will be shipped to these energy ma
- Shell Australia LNG Project
QGC is a leading Australian coal seam gas explorer and producer focused on developing its world-class reserves for domestic and international supply.
- Gladstone LNG Project
Santos is a major Australian oil and gas exploration and production company with interests in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan and Egypt.
Qualifications in demand in Australia for the next decade
- Engineering & Science
- Engineering Degrees Civil, Chemical,
- Mechanical, Electrical & Petroleum
- Environmental Science
- Trade (Technical)
- Drilling Oil and Gas Onshore (Cert II Dip) Process Plant Operators
- Cert III IV Process Plant Technology
Skill Sets Needed in Australia
- Cert III Electrotechnology Maintenance
- (Systems & Instrumentation)
- Cert III Hazardous Areas (Electrician)
- Mechanical Trade (Fitting)
- Dip in Engineering
- Cert III Engineering, Mechanical
- (Maintenance, Diesel Fitting)
- + Vendor training
- Field Construction
- Dip in Mechanical or
- Trades (Non Technical)
- Cert IV OH&S
- Cert III IV Transport and Logistics
- Logistics Operations
- 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.
- You can apply for Western Australia State Sponsorship:
- directly to Western Australia Government; click here or
- 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)
Go here to find out more about jobs in Queensland
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BG Group jobs page
- Government jobs support page for LNG and coal sea gas