Mining contractor Barminco says it received over 1,800 job applications for 131 positions at the Renison underground mine in Tasmania.
The company said the level of interest in the mining jobs had been “astounding” and two thirds of the new workers were new to the company.
“With an astounding 1800+ applications, we focused on not only the best people for the job but ideally from the local area,” it said on its Facebook page.
“Thank you to all whom have applied and look out for more positions available on our website.”
The company said sixty per cent of the new hires already worked at Renison, and would move over to the company from the mine's previous contractor Macmahon Holdings.
The rest of the workforce was made up from locals living in the West Coast region of Tasmania.
The recruitment drive is the latest example of the massive interest in mining jobs around Australia.
Earlier this year BMA said it had received around 18,000 applications for 1,100 roles on mines in Queensland's Bowen Basin.