Electrical Linesworkers install, maintain, repair and patrol electrical sub-transmission and distribution systems.

Specialisations: Electrical Linesworker (Distribution) , Electrical Linesworker (Transmission) , Railway Traction Line Worker.

You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical powerlines (transmission or distribution) to work as an Electrical Linesworker.

Tasks

  • Installs conductors and aerial equipment, and underground cables and equipment.
  • Installs and maintains equipment associated with electrical supply such as transformers.
  • Attends to electrical breakdowns and emergencies.
  • Maintains poles and associated hardware, and continuity of electrical supply and street lighting.
  • Conducts routine maintenance on the aerial and underground electricity supply network.
  • Conducts low voltage switching operations.
  • Fits pole hardware and cross arms.

More about Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

All Electrical Distribution Trades Workers

  • $2,205 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Electrical Linesworkers

  • 6,700 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 95% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 1% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Electrical Linesworkers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 7,800 in 2011 to 6,700 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Location: Electrical Linesworkers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Construction; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (95%, 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 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 1% 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)
Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services72.2
Construction21.0
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.1
Financial and Insurance Services1.1
Other Industries2.6

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.
StateElectrical LinesworkersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.131.6
VIC24.325.6
QLD21.120.0
SA8.37.0
WA12.710.8
TAS2.72.0
NT1.01.0
ACT0.81.9

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 BracketElectrical LinesworkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.0-5.05.0
20-248.4-9.39.3
25-3432.3-22.922.9
35-4422.4-22.022.0
45-5423.4-21.621.6
55-598.5-9.09.0
60-643.1-6.06.0
65 and Over0.8-4.24.2

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 QualificationElectrical LinesworkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.6-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV84.0-21.121.1
Year 125.9-18.118.1
Year 111.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below3.5-12.512.5

You usually need to undertake an apprenticeship in electrical powerlines (transmission or distribution) to work as an Electrical Linesworker.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as an Electrical Linesworker.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • electrical linesworker licence
  • rigging tickets
  • potential apprentices with colour blindness may need to discuss their eye condition with their training provider and employer around whether it will prevent them from gaining their technical qualifications
  • elevated platform ticket
  • manual drivers licence
  • first aid certificate

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 Transmission & Distribution 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 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers who provide good customer service, are polite and courteous and a strong work ethic.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    65% Skill level

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

  2. Mechanical

    61% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    47% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Physics

    46% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. Administration and Management

    45% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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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, 49-9051.00 - Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers.

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Demands

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

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    100% Important

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

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    98% Important

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

  3. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    96% Important

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

  4. Frequency of Decision Making

    93% Important

    How often do you make decisions that affect other people?

  5. Responsible for Others' Health and Safety

    93% Important

    How responsible are you for the health and safety of others?

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, 49-9051.00 - Electrical Power-Line Installers and Repairers.

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