Joiners cut, shape and fit timber parts in workshops to form structures and fittings, ready for installation.

Specialisations: Joinery Machinist, Joinery Patternmaker, Joinery Setter-out.

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in joinery or carpentry and joinery is needed to work as a Joiner.

Tasks

  • Assembles prepared wood and aluminium to form structures and fits ready to install.
  • Cuts wood joints.
  • Constructs concrete framework.
  • May repair existing fittings.
  • Works with plastic laminates, perspex and metals.

More about Carpenters and Joiners

All Carpenters and Joiners

  • $1,358 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Joiners

  • 3,900 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Joiners (in their main job) grew moderately over 5 years:
from 3,600 in 2011 to 3,900 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Joiners work in many parts of Australia. New South Wales and Tasmania have a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much 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 36 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 Carpenters and Joiners in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Carpenters and Joiners.

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)
Construction48.2
Manufacturing46.8
Wholesale Trade1.1
Retail Trade1.0
Other Industries2.9

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.
StateJoinersAll Jobs Average
NSW42.231.6
VIC28.525.6
QLD12.020.0
SA4.07.0
WA3.110.8
TAS7.72.0
NT0.31.0
ACT2.11.9

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 BracketJoinersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-195.9-5.05.0
20-2412.9-9.39.3
25-3427.8-22.922.9
35-4421.7-22.022.0
45-5417.8-21.621.6
55-596.6-9.09.0
60-644.4-6.06.0
65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

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 QualificationJoinersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV69.4-21.121.1
Year 1210.9-18.118.1
Year 113.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below9.7-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in joinery or carpentry and joinery is needed to work as a Joiner.

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

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.

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Employers look for Carpenters and Joiners who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and Construction

    62% Skill level

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

  2. Design

    58% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

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

  4. Production and Processing

    56% Skill level

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

  5. Engineering and Technology

    53% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

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

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    95% Important

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

  3. Spend Time Standing

    93% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Indoors, Not Heat Controlled

    88% Important

    How often do you work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat)?

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

    86% Important

    How much time do you spend 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, 51-7011.00 - Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters.

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