Life in Darwin

Accommodation

The initial subcontractor employment workforce will be sourced from the local Darwin area.

Accommodation will be provided to non local workforce. Workforce accommodation is provided at Manigurr-ma Village and Bladin Village and consist of single air conditioned rooms with ensuite facilities. The rooms are regularly serviced and have televisions with cable and free-to-air stations.

There is no permanent room allocation and personnel are required to book out of their room when leaving for R&R, or other purposes. The Project has a locker-style storage system which can be used to store some items between swings.

Clothing

Minimum work site clothing includes long trousers and a collared, long-sleeved shirt (or overalls), safety boots, safety helmet with sun brim, safety gloves and safety glasses. All work clothing must be 100 percent cotton. Further information will be supplied by potential employers.

Hours of Work

Depending on the scope of work, different contractors may operate different working arrangements. However as an indication most contractors work ten hour days. Potential employers can provide specific details of work arrangements.

Climate

Darwin has a tropical savannah climate with distinct wet and dry seasons and the average maximum temperature is similar all year round. The dry season runs from April/May to October (the southern hemisphere winter), during which nearly every day is warm and sunny, and afternoon humidity averages around 30%.

Below is a summary of average weather conditions throughout the year.

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Maximum (°C) 31.8 31.4 31.9 32.7 32.0 30.6 30.5 31.4 32.6 33.2 33.3 32.6
Minimum (°C) 24.8 24.7 24.5 24.0 22.1 20.0 19.3 20.4 23.0 24.9 25.3 25.3
Rainfall (mm) 426.2 376.1 317.8 101.6 20.8 1.9 1.2 5.1 15.6 71.0 140.2 252.0

The wet season is associated with tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. The majority of rainfall occurs between December and March (the southern hemisphere summer), when thunderstorms are common and afternoon relative humidity averages over 70 percent during the wettest months. It does not rain every day during the wet season, but most days are warm to hot with plentiful cloud cover. Darwin's highest Bureau of Meteorology verified daily rainfall total is 367.6 mm, which fell when Cyclone Carlos bore down on the Darwin area on 16 February 2011. Darwin has a cyclone season like most of northern Australia.

Electronic devices

Electronic devices such as mobile phones and iPods cannot be taken onto the Bladin Point job site. Cameras and video recorders or other ‘photography or recording' devices cannot be taken onto any construction sites or any work locations. Special permits must be obtained from JKC Security if personnel are required to use these devices for work related activities.  

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in any buildings, accommodation rooms or vehicles. During work times, smoking is limited to designated areas and only during rest and meal breaks. We ask that cigarette butts not be dropped on the ground and must be deposited in the containers provided.