Plumber's Assistants perform routine tasks in fabricating, laying, installing and maintaining pipes, fixtures, water meters and regulators.

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

    Tasks

    • Loading and unloading plumbing fixtures and materials, tools and equipment and transporting them around sites.
    • Assisting with assembling and installing piping, valves and fittings.
    • Assisting with installing fixtures such as toilets, wash basins and sprinkler systems.

    All Building and Plumbing Labourers

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

    Plumber's Assistants

    • 1,500 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 66% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 42 hours Average full-time
    • 29 years Average age
    • 4% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Plumber's Assistants (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 1,600 in 2011 to 1,500 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Plumber's Assistants work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Wholesale Trade.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (66%, similar to the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 29 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (37%).
    • Gender: 4% 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)
    Construction87.8
    Public Administration and Safety2.9
    Wholesale Trade2.4
    Manufacturing2.2
    Other Industries4.7

    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.
    StatePlumber's AssistantsAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.731.6
    VIC24.225.6
    QLD23.920.0
    SA6.17.0
    WA8.210.8
    TAS3.22.0
    NT1.61.0
    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 BracketPlumber's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-1915.7-5.05.0
    20-2420.9-9.39.3
    25-3425.1-22.922.9
    35-4414.8-22.022.0
    45-5412.6-21.621.6
    55-595.7-9.09.0
    60-643.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPlumber's AssistantsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree2.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV28.9-21.121.1
    Year 1226.6-18.118.1
    Year 119.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below30.1-12.512.5

    You can work as a Plumber's Assistant 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)
    • national police check

    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 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

      66% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      63% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and personal service

      58% Skill level

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

    4. Mathematics

      50% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Technical design

      44% Skill level

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

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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, 47-3015.00 - Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters.

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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

      93% Important

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

    2. Outdoors, exposed to weather

      90% Important

      Work outdoors, exposed to the weather.

    3. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      89% Important

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

    4. In an enclosed vehicle or equipment

      87% Important

      Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).

    5. Spend time standing

      85% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

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    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, 47-3015.00 - Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters.

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