Builder's Labourers perform routine tasks in erecting and repairing structures and facilities on building and construction sites and in factories producing prefabricated building components.

Also known as: Construction Worker.

Specialisations: Bricklayer's Assistant, Carpenter's Assistant, Tiler's Assistant.

You can work as a Builder's Labourer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Tasks

  • Loads and unloads building and construction materials, tools and equipment and transports them around building sites.
  • Erects and dismantles temporary structures such as barricades and scaffolding.
  • Mixes, pours and spreads materials such as concrete, plaster and mortar.
  • Spreads and levels soil, gravel and sand on roads and driveways, trench bottoms and similar locations.
  • Assists with assembling and installing piping, valves and fittings.
  • Assists with installing fixtures such as toilets, wash basins and sprinkler systems.
  • Digs holes and shovels excavated material onto conveyors, wheelbarrows and trucks for removal.

All Building and Plumbing Labourers

  • $1,458 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Higher Unemployment Unemployment

Builder's Labourers

  • 38,200 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 34 years Average age
  • 3% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Builder's Labourers (in their main job) grew strongly over 5 years:
from 34,000 in 2011 to 38,200 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Builder's Labourers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Administrative and Support Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24%).
  • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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)
Construction85.8
Administrative and Support Services3.3
Manufacturing3.1
Public Administration and Safety1.8
Other Industries6.0

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.
StateBuilder's LabourersAll Jobs Average
NSW35.031.6
VIC23.725.6
QLD21.620.0
SA5.67.0
WA9.310.8
TAS1.72.0
NT1.41.0
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 BracketBuilder's LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-197.1-5.05.0
20-2416.5-9.39.3
25-3428.5-22.922.9
35-4419.8-22.022.0
45-5417.4-21.621.6
55-596.0-9.09.0
60-643.3-6.06.0
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 QualificationBuilder's LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree4.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV29.9-21.121.1
Year 1225.7-18.118.1
Year 118.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below26.3-12.512.5

You can work as a Builder's Labourer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)

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 Building and Plumbing Labourers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and are physically fit.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and Construction

    60% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

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

  3. Customer and Personal Service

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Public Safety and Security

    54% Skill level

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

  5. Education and Training

    54% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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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, 47-2061.00 - Construction Laborers.

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Demands

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

  1. Contact With Others

    92% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    92% Important

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

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    90% Important

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

  4. Spend Time Standing

    90% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

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

    90% Important

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

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, 47-2061.00 - Construction Laborers.

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