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Written for you, by someone with years of experience in HR & Recruitment in the FIFO (Fly in, fly out) industry. This might help you with your future job prospects.


Let’s first just clarify how rampant the mining industry scams are. Common scams we see in our community are fraudulent websites that claim they can get you a job in the industry if you part with some money upfront. They often try to sell an ‘introduction fee’ or a CV service or recruitment service. This is not how the industry works.

Often kiwis in NZ see friends in the mines with nice cars and big houses showing off their cash, the thought crosses their mind, if he or she can do that surely I can? However there seems to be a stigma that mining is super special, like working as a CSI agent. The truth is, it’s not. Mines are just businesses like a super market or a dairy, they are everywhere and easy to access or apply for providing you know what you’re doing.

Do not pay money to anyone for your applications or introductions, the person that can get you a job is you and your credentials alone or a hook up from a friend. Here is the process that takes place when applying.



  1. RESUME  – Once you apply for a position your resume is screened based on what tickets / licences/ qualifications you hold. Previous mine site experience is also highly regarded. Approval from project management is essential prior to commencing with your application.
  2. PHONE INTERVIEW – The recruiter will ask questions about your previous work history, experience and availability. Overview of Project scope rates, allowances and penalties should also be mentioned in the phone call.
  3. INTERVIEW IF SUCCESSFUL – The recruiter will ask you to come in for an interview. Recruitment will require copies of your ticket, licences and trade qualifications, passport or birth certificate.
  4. MEDICAL STAGE IF SUCCESSFUL – The recruiter or administrator will book you in for a Drug & Alcohol & Medical Appointment (depending on project requirements). You will need to pass the medical to progress forward in the recruitment process.
  5. REFERENCE CHECKS – The recruiter will call your references to check your background experience (they will generally do 2 reference checks).
  6. ONLINE INDUCTIONS & FACE TO FACE INDUCTIONS – The recruiter will send you online Inductions for the Project/Site or Company to complete. It’s a safety online Induction/s to make sure you are aware of all the safety requirements and procedures prior to mobilising to site (it can take a few hours on the computer).
  7. VOC – Verification of competency will need to be completed – mandatory for trades performing/ or hold a high risk licence such as Advanced Scaffolders, Riggers, Crane Operators, Elevated work platforms or Forklift (Recruitment will arrange this through a training provider to complete).
  8. PAPERWORK – Recruitment will send all relevant  paperwork e.g. Tax, Superranuation, Contract via email to sign and return.
  9. PPE – The recruiter will get your PPE sizes e.g Pants, shirt size, boot size etc. You will be asked to come into the office to collect gear.
  10. FLIGHTS & ACCOMODATION – The recruiter/mobilisation should send out your flights, accommodation and camp details of where you are going. Rosters will vary depending on the industry you apply for.


*If you are  applying for a Project that requires ERMS a second verification is conducted which can take longer for your application to be processed . (Generally 3-5 day turn around)


  • Mining – 8:6, 2:1, 1:1, 5:2
  • Construction – 4:1
  • Oil & Gas – 4:1, 23:10, 26:9
  • Shutdowns – 5 days to 2-3 weeks

(There may be other roster combinations as well)



The end to end recruitment process takes 1 to 2 weeks for you to mobilise on site.


  • White Card
  • Drivers Licence
  • Truck Licence (MR, HR) (highly desirable)
  • Working at Heights
  • First Aid Certificate (highly desirable)
  • Work in Confined spaces
  • Gas Test Atmospheres (depending on project)
  • High Risk tickets (needed for blue collar trades such as scaffolders, riggers and crane operators)
  • Trade Qualifications (make sure it is Australian recognised)

Legitimate Cleaning Companies

Need an entry job to the industry? Have hospitality experience?

Cleaning/Shop/Bar/Chef – Mining Companies

Mining Jobs

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*If you are looking to get experience in the FIFO industry your best bet is to start applying for shut down work as they do shorter stints with no set roster. Also you can gain experience and exposure to different mine sites which makes you more employable in the future.


NZRelo appreciates the time this has taken for her to put this together.


This article was proudly sponsored by Kia Ora Training & Assessing


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