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

  • $1,373 Weekly Pay
  • 24,200 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 81.7% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41.2 hours Average full-time
  • 40 years Average age
  • 4.7% female Gender Share

The number of Insulation and Home Improvement Installers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 24,200 in 2018 to 26,100 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 25,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,000 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Insulation and Home Improvement Installers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (81.7%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.2 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200818500
200918200
201019400
201118000
201215900
201313600
201416700
201518100
201621700
201722100
201824200
202326100

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Construction72.0
Manufacturing10.4
Retail Trade5.3
Wholesale Trade3.5
Other Industries8.8

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 2017, 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
NSW34.331.6
VIC25.026.2
QLD18.419.7
SA8.76.7
WA11.110.8
TAS1.02.0
NT0.61.1
ACT0.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-191.5-5.25.2
20-2411.9-9.99.9
25-3419.0-23.623.6
35-4428.9-21.721.7
45-5426.6-20.820.8
55-597.1-8.88.8
60-643.0-6.06.0
65 and Over2.1-4.04.0

Education Level

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 Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree7-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV27.9-18.918.9
Year 1232.8-18.718.7
Years 11 & 1032.3-17.717.7
Below Year 100-8.18.1

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.

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