Insulation and Home Improvement Installers install a variety of insulation materials to improve resistance to heat, cold, air, sound and moisture, and install functional and decorative home improvements.

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location
  • preparing site for insulation and installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders
  • gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls
  • operating equipment to blow and spray mineral wool, fibre fill and foam insulation material into cavities
  • cutting insulation material to size and shape, and nailing and stapling batt-type insulation to joists, studs and furring
  • measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows
  • fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools
  • drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place
  • attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords
  • installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors

Job Titles

  • Building Insulation Installer
  • Home Improvement Installer
  • Building Insulation Installer

    Installs and applies insulating material, such as foam, granules, foil, solar film, batts and blankets, to walls, floors, windows and ceilings of buildings to insulate against heat, cold, air, sound and moisture. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Window Tinter (Building)

  • Home Improvement Installer

    Installs functional and decorative home improvements such as awnings, curtains, blinds, security screens, garage doors, exterior cladding, shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors. Registration or licensing may be required.

    Specialisations: Awning Installer, Carport Erector, Curtain Fitter, Security Door Installer, Shower Screen Installer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,373 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    moderate
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    19,600
  • Unemployment

    average
  • Male Share

    97.5%
  • Female Share

    2.5%
  • Full-Time Share

    85.6%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 19,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has stayed about the same.
Moderate growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Insulation and Home Improvement Installers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They mainly work in: Construction; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 42.0 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,373 per week (higher than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was similar to the 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
200517200
200619600
200718800
200817100
200920600
201019300
201117000
201212900
201316900
201415000
201519600
202020700

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.
EarningsInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings13731230

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.
CategoryInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs Average
Full-time85.668.4
Part-time14.431.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)42.040.0

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)
Construction74.7
Manufacturing10.3
Retail Trade4.3
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services3.9
Other Industries6.8

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.
StateInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs Average
NSW39.231.8
VIC20.125.5
QLD17.119.8
SA7.86.8
WA11.911.2
TAS1.02.0
NT0.61.1
ACT2.31.8

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 BracketInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.8-5.45.4
20-2410.4-9.99.9
25-3426.0-23.423.4
35-4424.7-21.721.7
45-5423.5-21.121.1
55-599.9-8.78.7
60-641.3-5.95.9
65 and Over1.3-3.83.8

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.
CategoryInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males97.5Males53.6
Females2.5Females46.4

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 QualificationInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree7.0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0.0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV27.9-18.918.9
Year 1232.8-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1032.3-17.717.7
Below Year 100.0-8.18.1

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary. Registration or licensing may be required.

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.

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 Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.

Knowledge

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

  1. Building and Construction

    67% Important

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    61% Important

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

  3. Mechanical

    60% Important

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

  4. English Language

    58% Important

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

  5. Administration and Management

    56% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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Activities

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

  1. Handling and Moving Objects

    85% Important

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

  2. Performing General Physical Activities

    79% Important

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

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    76% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    74% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    74% Important

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

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