BHP to diversify Olympic Dam workforce for mine expansion

Olympic Dam. Credit: BHP

BHP is getting set for a recruitment drive that will increase diversity and support the growth of the Olympic Dam mine in South Australia.

The company expects to recruit around 120 diverse roles over the next 12 months at the multi-commodity operation. It is joining other energy and resources employers at the JOBEX fair in Adelaide this week to discuss the positions, as well as the industry’s jobs of the future.

BHP has committed to investing more than $600 million at Olympic Dam in the 2018 financial year to expand the operation.

Olympic Dam asset president Jacqui McGill said BHP was looking for diverse talent to join the operation and help execute these important projects.

“We have a great future, we have sustainable growth plans and we are investing right here in South Australia to make the Olympic Dam operation modern and technologically advanced,” McGill said.

“We’ve had some great success recruiting people from outside mining and appealing to people with diverse experience and background.

“It is a really exciting time to be part of the industry, and part of Olympic Dam, and we want people from truck drivers to technology professionals to engineers, and everything in between to join us.

“At BHP we want our operations to reflect the diverse communities we operate in. We have begun using social media more to reach a broader talent pool, but nothing beats a face-to-face conversation which is why events like JOBEX are so important.”

BHP’s $600 million investment at Olympic Dam is being distributed across three main areas of the operation, with around 20 per cent going towards supporting the underground expansion of the Southern Mine Area, including additional fleet, telecommunications, raise bores, power and other services.

Almost 40 per cent of the funding is being used for further underground development in the existing Northern Mine Area footprint, while more than 40 per cent is being allocated to a range of infrastructure and other programs on site, including the major smelter campaign.

BHP has a workforce of around 3500 in South Australia based in Roxby Downs or Adelaide.