Fibrous Plasterers apply and fix plasterboard partitions, suspended ceilings, fire rating systems, acoustic tiles, and composite wall linings to buildings.

Specialisations: Dry Wall Plasterer.

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

Tasks

  • Determines plasterboard layout and installs insulation and vapour barriers.
  • Measures, marks and cuts plasterboard, lifts and positions panels and secures them to walls, ceilings and battens.
  • Prepares corner beads and securing them in position.
  • Covers joins and nail holes with wet plaster and sealing compounds, and smoothes them using wet brush and sand paper.
  • Plumbs and straightens corners, angles and wall and ceiling surfaces.
  • Applies and finishes acoustic, insulating and fireproofing materials bonded with plaster, plastic cement and similar materials.

More about Plasterers

All Plasterers

  • $1,600 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment

Fibrous Plasterers

  • 21,400 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 80% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fibrous Plasterers (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 20,500 in 2011 to 21,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Fibrous Plasterers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (80%, 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 36 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

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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
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services0.2
Administrative and Support Services0.2
Other Industries1.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateFibrous PlasterersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.031.6
VIC26.225.6
QLD21.520.0
SA6.67.0
WA16.110.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.51.0
ACT1.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFibrous PlasterersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.1-5.05.0
20-2411.2-9.39.3
25-3430.1-22.922.9
35-4422.5-22.022.0
45-5420.3-21.621.6
55-596.5-9.09.0
60-643.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.5-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationFibrous PlasterersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV50.6-21.121.1
Year 1217.2-18.118.1
Year 116.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below19.9-12.512.5

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

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. Technical 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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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2081.00 - Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers.

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.

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Demands

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

  1. Spend time standing

    97% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  2. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    95% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Being exact or accurate

    89% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    82% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2081.00 - Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers.

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