About Us

Phillips Earthmoving Contractors prides ourselves on being a highly diverse and multicultural company.

We are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and provide employment for people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Our  company operates out of Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory and was established in 1999 by Jim Phillips.


Phillips Earthmoving Contractors is an Australian family owned and operated company specialising in excavation and earthmoving services. Located at 31 Brown Street, Tennant Creek, our business has been built on a passion for excellence and currently services the greater Barkly Region and outback Queensland with the capability to deliver major contracts Australia wide.

Our company founder, Jim Philips, originally arrived in Tennant Creek on Christmas Day 1989 to inspect a possible job opportunity working at the White Devil Mine. He began his operations in January 1990 with the purchase of an old AACQ International Water Truck which he bought from a local contractor. For the next nine years, Jim worked at three mine sites; White Devil, Warrego and Gecko mines in the Tennant Creek area until they commenced their closure strategies in 1999.

Following the closure of the mines, Jim purchased a 30T excavator and began providing earthmoving services across the Territory. He was approached by the local Power and Water authorities to excavate the main sewerage line crossing Peko Road in Tennant Creek. As a part of this job he procured a tip truck and a loader, in addition to a CAT 140G Grader shortly afterwards.

From our humble origins, Phillips Earthmoving Contractors has continued to grow over the years and today employs 45 staff and operates over 150 in combined heavy equipment, trucks and vehicles. Our services include civil construction, bulk haulage, mine contracting and earthmoving plant hire. We have worked with a number of major client organisations including McConnell Dowell, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics NT, Statoil and Mine Makers.





Plant Hire

  • Civil, Mining Bulk Earthworks
  • Open Pits
  • Roads Construction, Stabilizing, Sealing
  • Oil Exploration Pads
  • Tailing Dams
  • Earth Dams
  • Air Strips Construction
  • Works Building Pads
  • Sewerage Ponds
  • Clearing Fence Lines
  • Repairs Of Rail Corridor Formation
  • Demolition
  • Pipe Lines
  • Turkeys Nest
  • Construction Pads
  • Access Roads
  • Land Clearing
  • Civil Works For Exploration

Plant And Equipment

  • CAT RM500 Stabilizer
  • Prime Movers
  • Pumps
  • Graders
  • Tip Trucks
  • Lighting Plants
  • Dozers
  • Dump Trucks
  • Work Vehicles
  • Rollers
  • Water Trucks
  • Mobile Workshop
  • Loaders
  • Trailers
  • Service Modules
  • Excavators
  • Crane Trucks

Mobile Camp Facilities

  • 20 Foot Containers Converted Into 3 Man Accommodation
  • 2 Man Accommodation Caravans
  • Mobile Kitchen, Shower & Laundry Facility
  • Mobile Toilet Unit
  • Generators

Management Systems

Remote Fleet Trackers
QUALITY – ISO 9001-2008
Design & Construct Quality Management System & Project Quality Plan, Policy and Procedures Manual
WH&S – AS NZ 4801-2001
Design & Construct WH&S Management System & Site Specific Safety Management Plan, Policy and Procedures Manual
Corporate Environmental Management System & Project / Site Environmental Management Plan, Policy and Procedures Manual
Indigenous Development Plan in Construction NT (IWPIP) Indigenous Workforce Participation Initiatives Program Policy and Procedures Manual