While many of the mining companies say they are short of employees, most of the positions are for skilled mining employees. There is little to no accommodation available and that is why most of the positions are now "fly in, fly out".
I suggest you get in contact with some of the new gold mining operations recently set up in SA.
The only two I know of are Oxiana's Prominent Hill Mine north of Roxby Downs. Their Human Resource number for SA jobs is: 8229 6600. They also have a mine in WA called Golden Grove Mine, Geraldton.
Their phone number is: (08) 9956 4222
The other one is Dominion Mining's Challenger Gold Mine midway between Glendambo and Coober Pedy.
They only have a WA contact number which is: (08) 9426 6400
Contact details for BHP Billiton Olympic Dam are:
BHP Billiton Limited
BHP Billiton Centre
180 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
Phone: (61) 1300 55 47 57
Fax: (61 3) 9609 3015
Or you can go to their website and search positions vacant at:
Other mining employment websites are: