Paving and Surfacing Labourers perform routine tasks associated in laying bituminous and other paving materials on roads, runways, parking areas and other surfaces to be paved.

    You can work as a Paving and Surfacing Labourer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in paving or bituminous surfacing might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • sweeping paving bases prior to laying asphalt and other surfaces
    • sprinkling and brushing hot and cold-mix asphalt over surfaces to be paved and repaired to bond asphalt toppings to bases
    • operating tank-truck distributors and hoses to spray tar and road oils and emulsions on graded surfaces prior to paving
    • tripping tail-gate levers to discharge hot-mix asphalt into paving machines, and spreading stone chips, gravel and cold-mix asphalt onto road surfaces
    • shovelling asphalt mix into areas inaccessible to paving machines, and compacting mix using rakes and hand tampers
    • cutting and trimming damaged surfaces using jack-hammers and softening edges of areas to be repaired with blowtorches
    • erecting and dismantling barricades
    • loading and unloading equipment, and cleaning work sites
    • may direct traffic

    All Paving and Surfacing Labourers

    • $1,192 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Higher Unemployment Unemployment
    • 8,100 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 88% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Paving and Surfacing Labourers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 8,100 in 2018 to 8,200 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 8,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2018.
    • Location: Paving and Surfacing Labourers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Public Administration and Safety; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,192 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (88%, much 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 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 2% 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
    20089200
    20097900
    20109900
    201110300
    20129300
    201311200
    20148400
    20156800
    20169300
    201710300
    20188100
    20238200

    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.
    EarningsPaving and Surfacing LabourersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11921460

    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)
    Construction62.6
    Public Administration and Safety27.9
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.9
    Administrative and Support Services2.8
    Other Industries3.8

    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.
    StatePaving and Surfacing LabourersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.131.6
    VIC23.125.6
    QLD23.620.0
    SA6.87.0
    WA8.310.8
    TAS4.22.0
    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 BracketPaving and Surfacing LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.1-5.05.0
    20-249.8-9.39.3
    25-3422.8-22.922.9
    35-4420.7-22.022.0
    45-5423.0-21.621.6
    55-5910.8-9.09.0
    60-647.3-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

    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 QualificationPaving and Surfacing LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.6-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.9-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV31.9-21.121.1
    Year 1216.7-18.118.1
    Year 119.4-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below37.4-12.512.5

    You can work as a Paving and Surfacing Labourer without formal qualifications. Some on the job training may be provided. A course in paving or bituminous surfacing might be helpful.

    Membership with Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) may be useful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • dogger licence
    • forklift licence

    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 Paving and Surfacing Labourers who are motivated and hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      56% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      55% Skill level

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

    3. Building and Construction

      48% Skill level

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

    4. Transportation

      46% Skill level

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

    5. Administration and Management

      44% Skill level

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

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    Demands

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

    1. Face-to-Face Discussions

      99% Important

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

    2. Telephone

      96% Important

      How often do you talk on the telephone?

    3. Deal With External Customers

      95% Important

      How important is it to work with customers or the public?

    4. Contact With Others

      93% Important

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

    5. In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment

      88% Important

      How often do you work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car)?

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