Earthmoving Labourers perform routine tasks in excavating earth, clearing and levelling sites, and digging irrigation channels.

Specialisations: Grave Digger.

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

Tasks

  • Digging holes and shovelling excavated material onto conveyors, wheelbarrows and trucks for removal.
  • Spreading and levelling soil, gravel and sand on roads and driveways, trench bottoms and similar locations. may utilise earthmoving machinery (e.g. trenching and digging machines).

All Building and Plumbing Labourers

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

Earthmoving Labourers

  • 2,000 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 35 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Earthmoving Labourers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 1,900 in 2011 to 2,000 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Earthmoving Labourers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Other Services; and Public Administration and Safety.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (24%).
  • Gender: 1% 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)
Construction69.8
Other Services11.4
Public Administration and Safety4.6
Administrative and Support Services2.8
Other Industries11.4

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.
StateEarthmoving LabourersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.131.6
VIC27.125.6
QLD17.820.0
SA10.37.0
WA11.510.8
TAS2.52.0
NT1.01.0
ACT0.61.9

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 BracketEarthmoving LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-197.4-5.05.0
20-2416.6-9.39.3
25-3426.1-22.922.9
35-4416.7-22.022.0
45-5419.9-21.621.6
55-597.4-9.09.0
60-643.9-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

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 QualificationEarthmoving LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV29.2-21.121.1
Year 1224.2-18.118.1
Year 119.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below32.5-12.512.5

You can work as an Earthmoving 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


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

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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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Demands

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

  1. Contact with people

    92% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    92% Important

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

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    90% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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

    90% Important

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

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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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