One of the major mineral exports of Australia is coal. It accounts for almost 25% of Australia’s export earnings. According to the 2008 BP Statistical energy survey, Australia is the world’s fourth largest coal producer. Almost 98% of coal exported by Australia is extracted from mines present in the Bowen Basin in Queensland and the Hunter Valley basins in New South Wales. Western Australia also has some mines producing coal situated south of Perth. Some lower grade lignite coal is also found in Victoria. Some of the major companied involved in coal mining in Australia are BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, and Xstrata.
Most of the coal mines operated by these companies are underground and operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week in different shifts. Thus, there is a huge demand for skilled and semi-skilled workers in these coal mines. The jobs available in the Australian mining industry range from dump truck driver to administration jobs. Apart from the conventional heavy machine operator, driller, fitter and mining jobs, coal mining industry also employs all rounder, caterers, field assistants, and trade assistants. The jobs in the coal mines either provide you with temporary accommodation and other services at the mine sites or roster a fly in fly out job culture.