Working with us

Working with us

At Rio Tinto Coal Australia, you can explore and develop your personal and professional potential within one of the country's leading mining organisations.

We are part of Rio Tinto - a global mining and metals company – focused on finding, mining and processing the Earth's mineral resources in order to maximise value for our shareholders.

From our operations to our involvement with communities, everything we do is done with the future firmly in mind. We're committed to the most sustainable, efficient and forward looking ways to do business and deliver results.

We also have an open and diverse culture of opportunity, ensuring our employees are rewarded with a working environment in which they, and we, can go further.

Join our team and help us explore new opportunities together.

For job opportunities, Indigenous employment and graduate and student positions visit our Careers section.

Apprenticeships & traineeships

If you've just finished Year 12 you'll be thinking hard about where to go next. An apprenticeship offers you on-the-job experience, mining training and formalised study all while getting paid to do it.

In New South Wales, up to 12 electrical and mechanical apprenticeships are made available each year to high school graduates and people who are committed to working in the trades industry. The four-year practical training programme is delivered in partnership with group training employer Programmed Training Services.

Apprentices will get the opportunity to work at two of Rio Tinto Coal Australia's operations in the Hunter Valley - Mount Thorley Warkworth and Hunter Valley Operations - to gain on the job experience, as well as formalised training in their area of expertise, mining and safety.

The selection process begins in June each year and is advertised in local papers and in online recruitment services.

Visit for more information or to apply.

We also offer contract work and traineeship opportunities in New South Wales.

Coal & Allied also offers haul truck traineeships through local labour suppliers. The Certificate II in Surface Coal Operations can be completed over 12 months and gives trainees valuable experience at Coal & Allied sites.