Insulation and Home Improvement Installers install a variety of insulation materials to improve resistance to heat, cold, air, sound and moisture, and install functional and decorative home improvements.

    You can work as an Insulation or Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • examining plans, specifications and work sites to determine the type and quality of installations required and their location
    • preparing site for insulation and installation of fittings by nailing up furring, drilling holes for screws and bolts, and erecting scaffolding and ladders
    • gluing blocks and slabs of foamed plastic and cork to walls
    • operating equipment to blow and spray mineral wool, fibre fill and foam insulation material into cavities
    • cutting insulation material to size and shape, and nailing and stapling batt-type insulation to joists, studs and furring
    • measuring, cutting and applying solar control film to windows
    • fitting awnings, security screens, shower screens, prefabricated windows and doors, exterior cladding and other home improvements using hand tools
    • drilling holes in wood, brick, stone and fibrous structures, and bolting, screwing and nailing fittings into place
    • attaching and adjusting mechanical fittings such as cranks, locks and pull-cords
    • installing flashing and waterproofing to fittings such as shower screens and prefabricated windows and doors

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    All Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

    All Insulation and Home Improvement Installers

    • $1,442 Weekly Pay
    • Strong Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 24,200 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 40 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Insulation and Home Improvement Installers (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
    from 24,200 in 2018 to 26,100 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 25,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 5,000 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Insulation and Home Improvement Installers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Retail Trade.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,442 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, 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 40 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 3% 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
    200818500
    200918200
    201019400
    201118000
    201215900
    201313600
    201416700
    201518100
    201621700
    201722100
    201824200
    202326100

    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.
    EarningsInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings14421460

    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)
    Construction81.6
    Manufacturing7.8
    Retail Trade3.0
    Other Services1.9
    Other Industries5.7

    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.
    StateInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.531.6
    VIC23.925.6
    QLD22.320.0
    SA7.47.0
    WA12.110.8
    TAS1.12.0
    NT0.51.0
    ACT1.21.9

    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 BracketInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.9-5.05.0
    20-249.7-9.39.3
    25-3424.6-22.922.9
    35-4424.4-22.022.0
    45-5422.5-21.621.6
    55-597.8-9.09.0
    60-645.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationInsulation and Home Improvement InstallersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree3.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma4.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV39.2-21.121.1
    Year 1220.1-18.118.1
    Year 118.3-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below23.7-12.512.5

    You can work as an Insulation or Home Improvement Installer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. Training may also be available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Membership with Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries of Australia & New Zealand Inc./Housing Industry Association (HIA may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • Security Industry Act licence (security screens)
    • working at heights ticket
    • forklift licence
    • drug and alcohol test

    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


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    Employers look for Insulation and Home Improvement Installers who make good decisions, are polite, courteous and reliable.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and Construction

      50% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      46% Skill level

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

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      40% Skill level

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

    4. Transportation

      38% Skill level

      Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.

    5. Administration and Management

      36% 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, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.

    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.

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    Demands

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

    1. Spend Time Standing

      93% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    2. Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment

      86% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?

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

      85% Important

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

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      85% Important

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

    5. Exposed to Contaminants

      82% Important

      How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

    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, 47-2131.00 - Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall.

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