Solid Plasterers 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 solid plastering is needed to work as a Solid Plasterer.

    Tasks

    • Fixes pre-cast cornices, panel mouldings, ceiling centres and other plaster fittings.
    • Covers joins and nail holes with wet plaster and sealing compounds, and smoothes them using wet brushes and sand paper.
    • Mixes and applies coats of plaster, cement and render to structures using trowels, and levels and smoothes coats to uniform thickness.
    • Plumbs and straightens corners, angles and wall and ceiling surfaces.
    • Creates decorative textures in finishing coats.

    More about Plasterers

    All Plasterers

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

    Solid Plasterers

    • 5,100 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 72% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 37 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Solid Plasterers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
    from 4,700 in 2011 to 5,100 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Location: Solid Plasterers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (72%, 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%).

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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)
    Construction97.5
    Manufacturing0.6
    Administrative and Support Services0.4
    Education and Training0.2
    Other Industries1.3

    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.
    StateSolid PlasterersAll Jobs Average
    NSW29.131.6
    VIC29.425.6
    QLD21.020.0
    SA6.77.0
    WA9.910.8
    TAS1.32.0
    NT0.91.0
    ACT1.61.9

    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 BracketSolid PlasterersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.5-5.05.0
    20-249.6-9.39.3
    25-3429.9-22.922.9
    35-4428.7-22.022.0
    45-5419.2-21.621.6
    55-595.6-9.09.0
    60-642.9-6.06.0
    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 QualificationSolid PlasterersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.1-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.7-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV48.6-21.121.1
    Year 1216.3-18.118.1
    Year 115.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below25.3-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in solid plastering is needed to work as a Solid 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.

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    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

      61% Skill level

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

    2. Administration and management

      49% Skill level

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

    3. Technical design

      47% Skill level

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

    4. Customer and personal service

      47% Skill level

      Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    5. Public safety and security

      44% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

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

      98% Important

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

    2. Face-to-face discussions

      93% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    3. Spend time standing

      92% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    4. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      87% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    5. Teamwork

      87% Important

      Work with people in a group or team.

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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, 47-2161.00 - Plasterers and Stucco Masons.

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