Plasterers apply and fix plasterboard partitions, suspended ceilings, fire rating systems, acoustic tiles, and composite wall linings to buildings, and apply decorative and protective coverings of plaster, cement and similar materials to the interiors and exteriors of structures.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in wall and ceiling lining or solid plastering is needed to work as a Plasterer.

    Tasks

    • determining plasterboard layout, and installing insulation and vapour barriers
    • measuring, marking and cutting plasterboard, lifting and positioning panels, and securing them to walls, ceilings and battens
    • preparing corner beads and securing them in position
    • fixing pre-cast cornices, panel mouldings, ceiling centres and other plaster fittings
    • covering joins and nail holes with wet plaster and sealing compounds, and smoothing them using wet brushes and sand paper
    • mixing and applying coats of plaster, cement and render to structures using trowels, and levelling and smoothing coats to uniform thickness
    • plumbing and straightening corners, angles and wall and ceiling surfaces
    • creating decorative textures in finishing coats
    • applying and finishing acoustic, insulating and fireproofing materials bonded with plaster, plastic cement and similar materials

    More about Plasterers

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    All Plasterers

    • $1,600 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 34,500 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Plasterers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 34,500 in 2018 to 38,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 19,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 3,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Plasterers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,600 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Fibrous Plasterers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Fibrous Plasterers.

    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
    200834500
    200930700
    201034500
    201137200
    201226700
    201326700
    201437500
    201533400
    201636300
    201734200
    201834500
    202338700

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
    EarningsPlasterersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings16001460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction97.6
    Manufacturing0.6
    Administrative and Support Services0.2
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.2
    Other Industries1.4

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StatePlasterersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.531.6
    VIC26.925.6
    QLD21.420.0
    SA6.67.0
    WA14.910.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketPlasterersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.8-5.05.0
    20-2410.9-9.39.3
    25-3430.1-22.922.9
    35-4423.7-22.022.0
    45-5420.1-21.621.6
    55-596.4-9.09.0
    60-643.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationPlasterersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV50.1-21.121.1
    Year 1217.0-18.118.1
    Year 116.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below21.0-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in wall and ceiling lining or solid plastering is needed to work as a Plasterer.

    Depending on the value and nature of the work you undertake, you may need to be accredited or licenced by the relevant state or territory authority.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • driver's licence

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • 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.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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

    Employers look for Plasterers who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and Construction

      76% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    2. Mechanical

      47% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      45% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Design

      43% Skill level

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

    5. Administration and Management

      42% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Spend Time Standing

      97% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      95% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    3. Face-to-Face Discussions

      91% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    4. Being Exact or Accurate

      89% Important

      How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

    5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      82% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

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