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Shutdowns Australia: Looking back on 2019

As 2019 enters its final few weeks, we wanted to look back on the year that’s been and share some of the highlights from the Shutdowns Australia community. This year we changed our approach to how we try and bring value to you, the workers, focusing in on the three areas of jobs, news & community. We know now more than ever that jobs are the priority, with any job opportunities we’ve shared getting lot’s of attention on social media or through our newsletter. We’ve also had a lot of fun, finding some very relatable videos and memes capturing life as a Shutdowns worker. So here’s some of the highlights from our year:

Keep em’ coming

Over the past twelve months we’ve had nearly 15 000 new workers join the Shutdowns community across Facebook, LinkedIn and our newsletter. This has been very exciting and is a big step towards our goal of becoming the biggest worker community across the resources industry. It also shows the power of bringing your network of friends and colleagues onboard by tagging them in our posts, sharing links to stories or jobs on the jobs board with them.

The Jobs Board

This year we gave the original Shutdowns Calendar an upgrade, making it easier to navigate and pin-point the types of work you’re looking for. The new Jobs Board allows you to search for roles by title, location, date range, company and whether they’re a MyPass Partner or not, making the application process easier through MyPass. We’re currently filling the board with more work opportunities from a range of sites so you can find them all in the one place. As always if you have feedback on the changes we’ve made we’d love to hear what you think (contact details below).


New partnerships have been invaluable to increasing the benefits workers get from being part of this community. Whether it’s been sharing job opportunities for companies such as UGL, or the current 15% safety training discount we shared through ERGT. We’ll be continuing to seek out partnerships like this in 2020 and have a few interesting one’s in the pipeline!

Worker Stories

Sharing worker stories has been an exciting new adventure of ours this year. We were lucky enough to sit down and speak with seven different followers who shared their different experiences of life in the world of Shutdowns. It gave us a great insight and we hope you could relate to different parts of the stories we shared. Thanks to Steve, Peter, Joao (JJ), Adrian, Bradley, Michelle, Brett & Leanne (Mad Mumzie) for being open enough to share those experiences with us. We really look forward to sharing more worker stories in 2020 so if you or someone you know has had interesting experiences in the Shutdowns industry, please reach out to us. Feel free to read the current worker stories here.

Most popular posts?

We can’t do a review of 2019 without sharing your favourite posts from Shutdowns Facebook & Shutdowns LinkedIn (visit them via the links), so here they are:

LinkedIn: LNG Project in PNG 


Facebook: Stupid co-workers video


Or how could we forget the great Union debate


It’s fair to say it’s been a big year for us and we’re planning for an even bigger 2020. We hope everyone has a safe and happy Christmas/New Year period, enjoys some time off and we’ll see you next year.


The Shutdowns Australia Team



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