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Old 11-21-2011, 09:52 PM
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The classes seem to run pretty often. Seems like most jobs don't ask for an MR/HR license. But a lot of jobs ask for MC (multi-combination license). But to get the MC license you need to have the MR/HR license. But then I wonder, if you have the HR/MR license for a year, not using it, then upgrade to MC license, but don't have any references as far as driving goes, would they even consider hiring you for an MC job anyway? I've read you can do dump trucks at mines with an HR/MR, which is very good pay, but seems you need some sort of previous mining experience. Seems like you would need it to drive a grader or something like that.

What kind of wages could one expect at an entry-level station hand position? From what I was looking at it looked like $100+ per day with most jobs paying $120-150 per day. Food and accommodation provided or about $40-100 per week.

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Old 11-22-2011, 08:09 PM
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I'm really not sure about the wages although I don't think they'd be very high at entry level as you've said. The ads would be a good indication but they might be area variances.
Mining - it is great money. The mines near me aren't taking new (ie inexperienced) at the moment but last year they took on heaps. This includes girls driving dumper trucks who have previously only worked in pubs. So they do take on people without experience - you just need to find mines with positions. There are agencies specific to mines you can register with. Mackay has mines but housing is like gold dust so maybe skip that one. Perth Might be worth trying, I heard they were taking on inexperienced a few months ago. Singleton has a lot of mines - not sure what they are doing recruitment wise.

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Old 11-30-2011, 11:25 AM
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Hi jm21,
I run a business specialising in human resource material a lot of which is for the mining sector. Mining is clearly the best paid rural work, however there are a few issues. Work is often long and in many cases fly in fly out. You do not need a HR licence for employment in the mines and as mentioned above some of the mines prefer people with little experience so they can be trained. In my experience entry into the mining sector can be competitive for the good mines / rosters / shifts.

In my younger days I have worked on cattle properties. The pay was not fantastic but the experience was great. However I believe there is a catch. Often there are only a few employees in some cases and you really need to get on well with the other people. I have heard of some places where people leave in a few days.

If you have any further questions feel free to ask.


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Old 01-29-2012, 01:42 AM
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Hate to ask another question again, but hard to find someone with actual experience...

Do you think it would be useful to get an MR/HR license? Seems like it's about $500-700 for the classes which isn't bad if it helps get me a job.

Hi jm21,
I saw one of your post of Partner VISA options. I am now in a same kind of situation that you did at 2011. Please let me know did your partner VISA become successful?

In my case I am a Ausi PR but out of Australia for 3 years. Now recently married and want to apply for my partner. But stuck in the Clause called Usual Resident. Please help me with your experience.

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