What to Expect from Living and working on a Mining Site in Australia; is this the Type of Life for you?

Working in the mining industry, it will be required that you live on-site.  This is mostly due to the working hours and longer shifts.  If you need to make the move to the mining camp you might be wondering what it will be like to live on-site.  As with everything in life, there are positives and negatives.

Living on a Mining Site; the Pros and Cons:

Mining companies, knowing the challenges that their workers might suffer, try to keep employees as happy and comfortable as possible.  They make a huge effort in providing a good living and relaxing conditions.

What you can Expect living on a Mining Site:


Meals are cooked for Employees, Daily; you will always find a mess hall in the mining camp, where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Because of shifts ending and others starting at strange hours, you can have any meal at any time of day.

Cleaning Services; cleaning services will clean your accommodation 2 – 3 times a week while you are at work.

Sporting Facilities; a fully equipped gym that all campsite dwellers can use at any time of day, is available.  Employees are encouraged to make use of the facilities to help fitness and mental health.

Paid TV, phone, and Internet Connection; which will keep you in touch with your family and up to date on happenings in the world outside.

The Living Cost is low; and will help you to save money.  Some mining sites have a tavern or bar facilities that might tempt you to spend money.  Other than that, you take home the money you earn, as is.


The working days are long; 7 days a week, 12 hours a day.  If you were used to 40 hours a week, this might be one of the things that you need to become accustomed to.

Lots of heat, flies and dust; due to the remote, sometimes very hot, or very cold areas, you will need to get used to the bothersome things that accompany these areas

Nothing nearby; there is nowhere to shop or just go to, to escape the monotone living in the camp.  You need to become content with camp life during your work shifts.

Strict monitoring of alcohol intake; it will not go well with you on the next shift if you overindulge on alcoholic beverages.

Camp Food; Even if the chef is marvellously good, camp food will never be the same as home-cooked meals.  It is cooked in bulk proportions and kept warm till everybody has eaten.

If you think you can fit in with all these pros and cons, and keep yourself happy and content during work time in the mining camp, then you will do fine.