Other Construction and Mining Labourers includes occupations such as Crane Chasers, Driller's Assistants, Laggers, Mining Support Workers and Surveyor's Assistants.

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. Sometimes additional tickets are also required to work in this job.

Tasks

  • slings cranes and winches, and directs the movement of loads ensuring loads do not exceed lifting capacities
  • performs routine tasks in setting up, operating and dismantling drilling sites for extracting oil, gas, mineral ore or water
  • applies insulating materials, such as felt, fibreglass, polyurethane and cork, to pipes, steam generators, process vats and ducting, and secures insulation with wire, wire netting, staples, metal strapping and using welding torches
  • performs routine tasks in mining and mineral ore treating operations such as assembling, operating and dismantling mining equipment, taking ore, rock and dust samples, and mixing ore treating chemicals and catalysts
  • performs routine tasks to assist surveyors and geologists by transporting, assembling, maintaining and laying out prospecting and surveying equipment, and collecting and labelling samples

Job Titles

  • Crane Chaser
  • Driller's Assistant
  • Lagger
  • Mining Support Worker
  • Surveyor's Assistant
  • Crane Chaser

    Slings cranes and winches, and directs the movement of loads ensuring loads do not exceed lifting capacities.

    Specialisations: Dogman/woman, Slinger

  • Driller's Assistant (also called Driller's Offsider or Roustabout (Oil and Gas))

    Performs routine tasks in setting up, operating and dismantling drilling sites for extracting oil, gas, mineral ore or water.

    Specialisations: Derrick Hand, Roughneck, Well Treatment Offsider

  • Lagger

    Applies insulating materials, such as felt, fibreglass, polyurethane and cork, to pipes, steam generators, process vats and ducting, and secures insulation with wire, wire netting, staples, metal strapping and using welding torches.

  • Mining Support Worker (also called Mineral Ore Processing Labourer)

    Performs routine tasks in mining and mineral ore treating operations such as assembling, operating and dismantling mining equipment, taking ore, rock and dust samples, and mixing ore treating chemicals and catalysts.

    Specialisations: Pit Crew Support Worker

  • Surveyor's Assistant

    Performs routine tasks to assist Surveyors and Geologists by transporting, assembling, maintaining and laying out prospecting and surveying equipment, and collecting and labelling samples.

    Specialisations: Geological Survey Field Assistant, Seismic Survey Assistant

Fast Facts

  • $1,400 Weekly Pay
  • 5,900 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 80.5% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • Unavailable Average full-time
  • 39.5 years Average age
  • 4.6% female Gender Share

The number of Other Construction and Mining Labourers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow moderately over the next 5 years:
from 5,900 in 2017 to 6,300 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created (a large number for an occupation of this size).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Other Construction and Mining Labourers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Western Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Mining; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $1,400 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: Many work full-time (80.5%, higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4.6% 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 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20077300
20089900
20098800
20105900
20118400
20129300
20137400
20147000
20154900
20168700
20175900
20226300

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.
EarningsOther Construction and Mining LabourersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14001230

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)
Mining35.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services31.3
Construction14.4
Administrative and Support Services9.3
Other Industries9.3

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.
StateOther Construction and Mining LabourersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.731.6
VIC9.826.2
QLD23.619.7
SA3.46.7
WA26.210.8
TAS3.72.0
NT1.71.1
ACT1.91.8

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 BracketOther Construction and Mining LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.7-5.25.2
20-2412.4-9.99.9
25-3426.6-23.623.6
35-4415.3-21.721.7
45-5425.9-20.820.8
55-592.0-8.88.8
60-643.4-6.06.0
65 and Over11.2-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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. Sometimes additional tickets are also required to work in this job.

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Employers look for Construction and Mining Labourers who are reliable, hardworking and can work independently.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Law and Government

    63% Important

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  2. Public Safety and Security

    62% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  3. Mechanical

    61% Important

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

  4. Education and Training

    55% Important

    Teaching and course design.

  5. Production and Processing

    54% Important

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

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Activities

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

  1. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    88% Important

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

  2. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    88% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    85% Important

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

  4. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

    85% Important

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

  5. Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings

    83% Important

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

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-5081.00 - Helpers--Extraction Workers.

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