Getting into the WA Mining Industry

Many of you would have heard that the WA mining industry is screaming out for people. Unrealistic expectations about landing in Perth and having a job ready and waiting, complete with huge compensation, are unfortunately all too common. 

Red Dirt Personnel is committed to assisting people get that first opportunity to work in the Resources Sector. We encourage our clients, where possible, to give someone a go. However that someone needs to be the right person. We work hard to connect clients with the right candidates, with many of our clients telling us that attitude is the main criteria when looking for new employees. “Show an extremely good attitude, that’s absolutely number one.” (Greg Hobbs, Australian Mining Magazine, Nov 2006)

Current Job Vacancies

Types of Mining Jobs


There are several types of mining jobs available in WA, ranging from entry-level positions to highly skilled and specialised roles. Some of the most common mining jobs in WA include:

  • Process Operators
  • Drillers
  • Maintenance Fitters
  • Electricians
  • General Labourers
  • Loader Operators
  • Dump Truck Operators
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Engineers
  • Site Supervisors & Foremen

The qualifications and experience required for each WA mining job will vary depending on the specific role and the employer’s requirements. However, applicants will generally benefit from a relevant tertiary qualification, previous experience in the mining industry, strong communication skills, and knowledge of safety standards and regulations.

The Red Dirt Difference

Western Australia (WA) is a bustling hub for mining activity and, as a result, is home to numerous job opportunities for those interested in working in the mining industry. 

At Red Dirt, we specialise in connecting mining companies with top candidates who possess the skills, experience, and passion to succeed in this dynamic and rewarding industry. Our team of experienced recruitment specialists have a deep understanding of the WA Mining landscape, and are committed to providing a personalised service to support both employers and job-seekers. When you choose us as your recruitment partner you can expect:

  • Industry Expertise: Our team of specialists have extensive experience in the WA Mining Industry, allowing us to understand the unique challenges and opportunities presented in the field. 
  • Customised Solutions: We take the time to understand the unique needs of both job-seekers and mining companies, providing us with the ability to offer customised solutions to meet specific scenarios.
  • Comprehensive Screening: We use a rigorous screening process to ensure that each candidate we present to our clients has the necessary qualifications and experience to excel in their role.

FIFO Jobs in WA

FIFO (Fly-In, Fly-Out) mining jobs are a popular option for those looking to work in the mining industry. In these jobs, workers fly to a remote mining site and work for a set period (usually several weeks) before flying back home for a break. This arrangement allows workers to live in their home city while working in the mining industry, making it an attractive option for those who value work-life balance.

At Red Dirt, we are committed to helping job seekers find the best FIFO mining jobs in Western Australia. Our team of experienced recruitment specialists works closely with our clients to understand their unique needs and find the right candidates for their staffing requirements. We offer a wide range of FIFO mining jobs, including entry-level positions, skilled trades, and management roles.

Whether you’re an experienced mining professional looking for your next career move or a job seeker looking to break into the mining industry, Red Dirt can help. Contact us today to learn more about our FIFO mining job opportunities and how we can help you achieve your career goals.

Western Australia Mining Industry FAQ's

To get a mining job in Western Australia, you will need to have the necessary qualifications and experience for the role you’re applying for. You can start by researching mining companies and their job vacancies on their websites or through job search websites. It’s also a good idea to register with a mining recruitment agency like Red Dirt, who can help you find job opportunities that match your skills and experience.

The pay for entry-level mining roles in Western Australia varies depending on the role and the company you’re working for. However, entry-level roles in the mining industry typically pay well above the national average. WA mining companies are often seeking applications for entry-level roles, such as the driller’s offsider and other similar jobs. Those looking to gain experience would be wise to keep an eye out for the new jobs posted by Red Dirt.

Physical fitness is essential for a lot of mining jobs in Western Australia. Many mining jobs require workers to perform physically demanding tasks, such as operating heavy machinery or working in harsh and remote locations. It’s important to maintain good physical health and fitness to ensure you can perform your duties safely and effectively.

The hours for mining jobs in Western Australia can vary depending on the role and the company you’re working for. Many mining operations run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so workers may be required to work on a roster system, which can include day shifts, night shifts, and weekend work. A prime example of a roster for a WA mining job would be 2 weeks on and 1 week off. More demanding rosters typically command higher compensation, depending on the role.

There are a number of security and medical requirements that employees need to meet prior to getting a job on a Western Australian mine site. These typically include a National Police Certificate, pre-employment medical and drug/ alcohol screening, and relevant vehicles licences for certain jobs.

birds eye perspective of a mine site