Locksmiths install and maintain locks and related security devices and systems.

Specialisations: Safemaker.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in locksmithing is needed to work as a Locksmith.

Tasks

  • Assembles parts and sub-assemblies of precision instruments and locks.
  • Dismantles precision instruments, locks, repairs and replaces defective parts, and reassembles articles using hand and power tools and specially designed machines.
  • Installs security systems, changes tumblers in locks, changes locks, cuts keys and opens locks by manipulation.
  • May estimate costs and prepare quotes for repairs.

All Precision Metal Trades Workers

  • $1,149 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Locksmiths

  • 2,600 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 87% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Locksmiths (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 2,600 in 2011 to 2,600 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Locksmiths work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Public Administration and Safety; Other Services; and Construction.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (87%, much 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: 4% 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)
Public Administration and Safety51.7
Other Services39.1
Construction2.9
Manufacturing1.7
Other Industries4.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateLocksmithsAll Jobs Average
NSW33.531.6
VIC23.725.6
QLD20.220.0
SA7.37.0
WA9.610.8
TAS2.52.0
NT1.41.0
ACT1.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketLocksmithsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.5-5.05.0
20-2413.8-9.39.3
25-3426.2-22.922.9
35-4420.6-22.022.0
45-5419.0-21.621.6
55-597.5-9.09.0
60-644.7-6.06.0
65 and Over3.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 QualificationLocksmithsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV72.5-21.121.1
Year 1211.4-18.118.1
Year 113.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below6.9-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in locksmithing is needed to work as a Locksmith.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Locksmith.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • 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.
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Employers look for Precision Metal Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    70% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    68% Skill level

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

  3. Public Safety and Security

    65% Skill level

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

  4. Computers and Electronics

    54% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  5. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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Demands

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  1. Telephone

    99% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

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

  3. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

    92% Important

    How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

  4. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    90% Important

    How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    88% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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