Other Labourers includes a wide variety of occupations such as Bicycle Mechanics, Car Park Attendants, Crossing Supervisors, Electrical or Telecommunications Trades Assistants, Leaflet or Newspaper Deliverers, Mechanic's Assistants, Railways Assistants, Sign Erectors, Ticket Collectors or Ushers, Trolley Collectors and Road Traffic Controllers.

    You can work as an Other Miscellaneous Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • repairs and adjusts bicycles, and assembles bicycle kits
    • operates and maintains a car parking facility by guarding cars in parking areas and collecting fees at car park entry or exit points may drive and park cars, and operate boom gates
    • assists children, disabled and other pedestrians to cross roads by stopping traffic and ensuring all pedestrians have crossed safely before allowing traffic to flow through the crossing
    • assists electrotechnology and telecommunications trades workers to install and maintain electrical and telecommunications systems
    • collects leaflets or newspapers from a collection point and delivers them to homes in a specified area
    • assists motor mechanics to replace and repair worn and defective parts, re-assemble mechanical components, change oil and filters, and perform other routine mechanical tasks
    • erects and installs signs, and cleans signs and their sites after installation
    • collects tickets or admission passes and ushers patrons to their seats at an entertainment, sporting or recreational venue, prepares the venue before an event and locks up premises afterwards
    • collects supermarket trolleys from car parks and other areas, and returns them to the supermarket by hand or trailer may drive a small tractor to tow the trolleys

    All Other Miscellaneous Labourers

    • $1,224 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
    • 61,700 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 46% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 43 years Average age
    • 24% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Miscellaneous Labourers (in their main job) grew moderately the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 61,700 in 2018 to 63,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 57,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 11,400 a year).

    • Size: This is a very large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
    • Location: Other Miscellaneous Labourers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: They work in many industries such as Public Administration and Safety; Construction; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,224 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Around half work full-time (46%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 43 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 24% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200857100
    200959600
    201058200
    201159900
    201268400
    201359900
    201464900.0
    201556800
    201660700
    201763100
    201861700
    202363100

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings12241460

    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)
    Public Administration and Safety22.3
    Construction14.6
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing11.0
    Retail Trade7.5
    Other Industries44.6

    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.
    StateOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs Average
    NSW28.531.6
    VIC23.625.6
    QLD24.120.0
    SA5.97.0
    WA14.110.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT1.11.0
    ACT0.91.9

    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 BracketOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-199.1-5.05.0
    20-2411.4-9.39.3
    25-3417.4-22.922.9
    35-4415.4-22.022.0
    45-5418.7-21.621.6
    55-599.7-9.09.0
    60-648.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over10.1-4.24.2

    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 QualificationOther Miscellaneous LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.6-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV23.3-21.121.1
    Year 1224.0-18.118.1
    Year 118.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below29.1-12.512.5

    You can work as an Other Miscellaneous Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as an Other Miscellaneous Labourer.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • telehandler ticket
    • nbn accreditation
    • traffic control licence
    • construction induction card (white card)
    • working at heights ticket
    • elevated platform ticket
    • working in confined spaces ticket
    • forklift licence
    • driver's licence
    • national police check
    • working with vulnerable people and children check

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    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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    Employers look for Labourers who are reliable, have a good work ethic and can work well in a team.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      71% Skill level

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

    2. English language

      59% Skill level

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    3. Customer and personal service

      54% Skill level

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

    4. Building and construction

      53% Skill level

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

    5. Technical design

      49% Skill level

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

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    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.

    Filter Work Environment

    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-face discussions

      100% Important

      Talk with people face-to-face.

    2. Spend time standing

      93% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

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

      93% Important

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

    4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      91% Important

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

    5. Being exact or accurate

      91% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

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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, 47-3013.00 - Helpers--Electricians.

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