Panelbeaters repair damage to metal, fibreglass and plastic body work on vehicles, and form replacement vehicle panels.

Also known as: Collision Repairer.

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in automotive body repair technology or another relevant panel beating course is needed to work as a Panelbeater.

Tasks

  • removing damaged panels and parts, and removing upholstery and accessories to gain access
  • removing dents by hammering panels
  • straightening damaged vehicles and parts using mechanical and hydraulic equipment
  • replacing badly damaged sections with new or second-hand panels
  • filling depressions with plastic filler, and filing, grinding and sanding repaired surfaces
  • cutting and joining replacement sections using welding equipment
  • fitting repaired or replacement panels on vehicles and refitting body hardware such as door locks and trims
  • may assist vehicle body builders in constructing and restoring custom-designed, vintage and other specialty vehicles
  • may spray-paint vehicles

All Panelbeaters

  • $1,280 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 16,100 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Panelbeaters (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 16,100 in 2018 to 16,100 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Panelbeaters work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Other Services industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,280 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, 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 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Panelbeaters in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Panelbeaters.

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
200813100
200918500
201014900
201116700
201214100
201316000
201416700
201519300
201611500
201717900
201816100.0
202316100.0

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.
EarningsPanelbeatersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings12801460

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)
Other Services94.8
Retail Trade1.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing1.1
Manufacturing0.8
Other Industries2.1

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.
StatePanelbeatersAll Jobs Average
NSW32.931.6
VIC27.325.6
QLD18.420.0
SA8.17.0
WA9.610.8
TAS2.02.0
NT0.71.0
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 BracketPanelbeatersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.3-5.05.0
20-2410.4-9.39.3
25-3420.0-22.922.9
35-4422.3-22.022.0
45-5423.1-21.621.6
55-599.3-9.09.0
60-646.1-6.06.0
65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

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 QualificationPanelbeatersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV78.9-21.121.1
Year 126.3-18.118.1
Year 112.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below9.6-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in automotive body repair technology or another relevant panel beating course is needed to work as a Panelbeater.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • licence to undertake vehicle repair work from your relevant state or territory authority

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 Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing Sector 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.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    62% Skill level

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

  2. Chemistry

    49% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  3. English Language

    42% Skill level

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

  4. Production and Processing

    42% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  5. Computers and Electronics

    40% Skill level

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

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Demands

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

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

    96% Important

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

  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    94% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  3. Spend Time Standing

    91% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Exposed to Contaminants

    90% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    84% Important

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

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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, 49-3021.00 - Automotive Body and Related Repairers.

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