Gasfitters install, maintain and repair gas mains, piping systems downstream of billing meters, and appliances and ancillary equipment associated with the use of fuel gases, including liquefied petroleum gas systems.

Specialisations: Gas Main and Line Fitter, Liquefied Petroleum Gasfitter.

You usually need a certificate III in plumbing to work as a Gasfitter. Traineeships may be available.

Tasks

  • Installs gas appliances, flues and pressure regulating devices.

All Plumbers

  • $1,894 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Gasfitters

  • 6,800 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Gasfitters (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 5,800 in 2011 to 6,800 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Gasfitters work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; and Other Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 46 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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

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)
Construction77.1
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services7.2
Other Services3.8
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.6
Other Industries9.3

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.
StateGasfittersAll Jobs Average
NSW16.931.6
VIC29.525.6
QLD15.820.0
SA10.07.0
WA23.210.8
TAS1.62.0
NT1.21.0
ACT1.81.9

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 BracketGasfittersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.4-5.05.0
20-2410.2-9.39.3
25-3427.9-22.922.9
35-4421.3-22.022.0
45-5420.6-21.621.6
55-598.9-9.09.0
60-645.6-6.06.0
65 and Over3.2-4.24.2

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 QualificationGasfittersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV83.0-21.121.1
Year 125.4-18.118.1
Year 112.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below4.3-12.512.5

You usually need a certificate III in plumbing to work as a Gasfitter. Traineeships may be available.

Membership with Master Plumbers may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

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.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

Employers look for Plumbers who work well in a team, are hardworking and provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Mechanical

    73% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    73% Skill level

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

  3. Technical design

    64% Skill level

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

  4. Engineering and technology

    54% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Public safety and security

    49% Skill level

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

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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, 47-2152.01 - Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters.

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Demands

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

  1. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    100% Important

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

  2. Spend time standing

    97% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

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

    97% Important

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

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    92% Important

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

Occupational Information Network
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, 47-2152.01 - Pipe Fitters and Steamfitters.

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