Drainage, Sewerage and Stormwater Labourers perform routine tasks in maintaining drainage, sewerage and stormwater systems.

    You can work as a Drainage, Sewerage and Stormwater Labourer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • Cleans and carries out minor repairs on stormwater drains and canals, and checks for cracks and leaks in sewerage systems.
    • Digs holes and shovels excavated material onto conveyors, wheelbarrows and trucks for removal.

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    • $1,458 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
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    Drainage, Sewerage and Stormwater Labourers

    • 3,300 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 45 years Average age
    • 4% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Drainage, Sewerage and Stormwater Labourers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
    from 3,600 in 2011 to 3,300 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Drainage, Sewerage and Stormwater Labourers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Construction.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, 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 45 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51%).
    • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Services54.8
    Public Administration and Safety21.9
    Construction14.3
    Manufacturing1.8
    Other Industries7.2

    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.
    StateDrainage, Sewerage and Stormwater LabourersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.431.6
    VIC20.325.6
    QLD23.320.0
    SA8.37.0
    WA11.610.8
    TAS1.92.0
    NT0.61.0
    ACT1.51.9

    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 BracketDrainage, Sewerage and Stormwater LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.8-5.05.0
    20-246.2-9.39.3
    25-3419.9-22.922.9
    35-4421.2-22.022.0
    45-5425.8-21.621.6
    55-5913.1-9.09.0
    60-648.3-6.06.0
    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 QualificationDrainage, Sewerage and Stormwater LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.8-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.0-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV45.6-21.121.1
    Year 1213.9-18.118.1
    Year 116.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below25.8-12.512.5

    You can work as a Drainage, Sewerage and Stormwater Labourer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training is also available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • working in confined spaces ticket

    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 Building and Plumbing Labourers who are reliable, have a strong work ethic and are physically fit.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      69% Skill level

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

    2. Building and Construction

      68% Skill level

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

    3. Mathematics

      59% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    4. Public Safety and Security

      52% Skill level

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

    5. Customer and Personal Service

      48% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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    1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      100% Important

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    2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      100% Important

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

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

      99% Important

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

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

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

    5. Contact With Others

      93% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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