Fencers erect and repair fences and gates.

Also known as: Fence Erector.

You can work as a Fencer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in fencing might be helpful.

Tasks

  • laying out fence lines and marking positions for post holes
  • lifting and positioning fence posts in holes and securing posts with concrete, stone fill and soil
  • forming fence frames
  • constructing and attaching gates to fences
  • stretching materials between fence posts
  • constructing wooden paling, fibre-cement and metal fences
  • repairing and demolishing existing fences

All Fencers

  • $1,132 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 9,500 workers Employment Size
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • 71% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 46 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Fencers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 9,500 in 2018 to 9,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
  • Location: Fencers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; and Manufacturing.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,132 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (71%, 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 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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
20089600
200912000
201012000
201113700
201210700
201310300
20148100
20156500
20168200
20178900
20189500
20239900

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.
EarningsFencersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings11321460

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)
Construction87.1
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing7.8
Manufacturing1.1
Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services1.0
Other Industries3.0

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.
StateFencersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.031.6
VIC25.725.6
QLD21.120.0
SA7.67.0
WA11.610.8
TAS1.82.0
NT1.21.0
ACT1.01.9

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 BracketFencersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.0-5.05.0
20-2410.1-9.39.3
25-3420.5-22.922.9
35-4421.8-22.022.0
45-5423.4-21.621.6
55-599.5-9.09.0
60-646.5-6.06.0
65 and Over4.3-4.24.2

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 QualificationFencersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.3-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.5-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV30.0-21.121.1
Year 1218.7-18.118.1
Year 119.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below35.2-12.512.5

You can work as a Fencer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in fencing might be helpful.

Membership with Australasian Fence Industry Association may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • working at heights 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.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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

Employers look for Fencers who are reliable, physically fit and are hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and Construction

    43% Skill level

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

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    38% Skill level

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

  3. Mechanical

    35% Skill level

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

  4. English Language

    33% Skill level

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

  5. Production and Processing

    32% Skill level

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

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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, 47-4031.00 - Fence Erectors.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

    99% Important

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

  2. Spend Time Standing

    97% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

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

    94% Important

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

  4. Face-to-Face Discussions

    92% Important

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

  5. Contact With Others

    88% Important

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

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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, 47-4031.00 - Fence Erectors.

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