Other Labourers includes a wide variety of occupations such as Bicycle Mechanics, Car Park Attendants, Crossing Supervisors, Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistants, Leaflet or Newspaper Deliverers, Mechanic's Assistants, Railways Assistants, Sign Erectors, Ticket Collectors or Ushers, Trolley Collectors and Road Traffic Controllers.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.

Tasks

  • repairs and adjusts bicycles, and assembles bicycle kits
  • operates and maintains a car parking facility by guarding cars in parking areas and collecting fees at car park entry or exit points may drive and park cars, and operate boom gates
  • assists children, disabled and other pedestrians to cross roads by stopping traffic and ensuring all pedestrians have crossed safely before allowing traffic to flow through the crossing
  • assists electrotechnology and telecommunications trades workers to install and maintain electrical and telecommunications systems
  • collects leaflets or newspapers from a collection point and delivers them to homes in a specified area
  • assists motor mechanics to replace and repair worn and defective parts, re-assemble mechanical components, change oil and filters, and perform other routine mechanical tasks
  • erects and installs signs, and cleans signs and their sites after installation
  • collects tickets or admission passes and ushers patrons to their seats at an entertainment, sporting or recreational venue, prepares the venue before an event and locks up premises afterwards
  • collects supermarket trolleys from car parks and other areas, and returns them to the supermarket by hand or trailer may drive a small tractor to tow the trolleys

Job Titles

  • Bicycle Mechanic, Repairer or Technician
  • Car Park Attendant
  • Crossing Supervisor
  • Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistant
  • Leaflet or Newspaper Deliverer
  • Mechanic's Assistant
  • Railways Assistant
  • Sign Erector
  • Ticket Collector or Usher
  • Trolley Collector
  • Road Traffic Controller
  • Other Labourers
  • Bicycle Mechanic, Repairer or Technician

    Repairs and adjusts bicycles, and assembles bicycle kits.

  • Car Park Attendant

    Operates and maintains a car parking facility by guarding cars in parking areas and collecting fees at car park entry or exit points. May drive and park cars, and operate boom gates.

  • Crossing Supervisor

    Assists children, disabled and other pedestrians to cross roads by stopping traffic and ensuring all pedestrians have crossed safely before allowing traffic to flow through the crossing.

  • Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistant

    Assists Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers to install and maintain electrical and telecommunications systems.

  • Leaflet or Newspaper Deliverer

    Collects leaflets or newspapers from a collection point and delivers them to homes in a specified area.

  • Mechanic's Assistant

    Assists Motor Mechanics to replace and repair worn and defective parts, re-assemble mechanical components, change oil and filters, and perform other routine mechanical tasks.

    Specialisations: Lube Attendant

  • Railways Assistant

    Assists with operating and maintaining facilities at a railway station by updating platform indicators showing train times and destinations, collecting and checking passenger tickets, giving signals for train departures, and cleaning station facilities.

  • Sign Erector

    Erects and installs signs, and cleans signs and their sites after installation.

  • Ticket Collector or Usher (also called Venue Attendant)

    Collects tickets or admission passes and ushers patrons to their seats at an entertainment, sporting or recreational venue, prepares the venue before an event and locks up premises afterwards.

    Specialisations: Entertainment Usher, Gatekeeper, Turnstile Attendant

  • Trolley Collector

    Collects supermarket trolleys from car parks and other areas, and returns them to the supermarket by hand or trailer. May drive a small tractor to tow the trolleys.

  • Road Traffic Controller

    Manually directs road traffic and pedestrian flows on, near, or adjacent to roads during road closures or part road closures due to construction, maintenance or roadside works; public events; or emergency responses using signs and devices to ensure the safety of workers, motorists and pedestrians.

    Specialisations: Events Traffic Controller

  • Other Labourers

    Includes Bowling Alley Attendant, Grip, Milk Runner, Racecourse Barrier Attendant, Stagehand, Studio Hand, Swimming Pool Serviceperson

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,034 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    High School or Certificate I
  • Employment Size

    55700
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    79.0%
  • Female Share

    21.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    54.8%

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This is a very large occupation employing 55,700 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 25,001 and 50,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Other Miscellaneous Labourers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Public Administration and Safety; Transport, Postal and Warehousing; and Construction.
  • Part-time work is fairly common, but more than half work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 41.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,034 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 42 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 2 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years) and around 5 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
  • Around 8 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200547900
200656200
200752100
200859700
200959900
201055500
201168000
201259200
201361500
201462900
201555700
202050700

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10341230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs Average
Full-time54.868.4
Part-time45.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)41.340

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Public Administration and Safety23.3
Transport, Postal and Warehousing16.1
Construction14.4
Retail Trade9.6
Other Industries36.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.931.8
VIC23.225.5
QLD21.419.8
SA5.76.8
WA18.211.2
TAS22
NT11.1
ACT0.61.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-1910.5-5.45.4
20-2412.2-9.99.9
25-3415.1-23.423.4
35-4415.6-21.721.7
45-5418.6-21.121.1
55-598.8-8.78.7
60-647.9-5.95.9
65 and Over11.2-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryOther Miscellaneous LabourersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males79Males53.6
Females21Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree5.5-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.5-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV29.1-18.918.9
Year 1229.5-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1026.9-17.717.7
Below Year 105.5-8.18.1

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have Year 12 as their highest level of education.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

  • myfuture (login required) and the Good Education Group provide information about courses at all levels.
  • My Skills is the national directory of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and provides information about nationally recognised training and training providers that deliver it.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Labourers who are reliable, have a good work ethic and can work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. English Language

    71% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  2. Mechanical

    71% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  3. Building and Construction

    68% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    65% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Design

    61% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    83% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  2. Getting Information

    80% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Handling and Moving Objects

    79% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    78% Important

    Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  5. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    77% Important

    Checking objects, actions, or events, keeping an eye out for problems.

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