Handypersons clean, paint, repair and maintain buildings, grounds and facilities.

Specialisations: Hotel Yardperson.

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

Tasks

  • repairing broken windows, screens, doors, fences, barbecues, picnic tables, shelves, cupboards and other items
  • replacing defective items such as light bulbs
  • repairing and painting interior and exterior surfaces such as walls, ceilings and fences
  • clearing rubbish and leaves from driveways and grounds
  • mowing lawns and cultivating gardens
  • adjusting doors and windows
  • replacing tap washers
  • putting up handrails and grab rails

All Handypersons

  • $1,068 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Unavailable Unemployment
  • 35,200 workers Employment Size
  • Entry level Skill level rating
  • 54% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 52 years Average age
  • 4% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Handypersons (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 38,400 in 2014 to 35,200 in 2019.

Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Location: Handypersons work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Construction; Administrative and Support Services; and Accommodation and Food Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,068 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Around half work full-time (54%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 52 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (69%).
  • Gender: 4% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
YearNumber of Workers
200942700
201042600
201142300
201240200
201344300
201438400
201537400
201640000
201744500
201842600
201935200
202435400

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.
EarningsHandypersonsAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10681460

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)
Construction46.1
Administrative and Support Services11.1
Accommodation and Food Services9.5
Health Care and Social Assistance9.3
Other Industries24.0

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateHandypersonsAll Jobs Average
NSW32.731.6
VIC24.225.6
QLD19.020.0
SA7.97.0
WA12.110.8
TAS2.02.0
NT1.01.0
ACT1.11.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketHandypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-191.2-5.05.0
20-243.1-9.39.3
25-3410.0-22.922.9
35-4416.8-22.022.0
45-5428.3-21.621.6
55-5916.2-9.09.0
60-6413.5-6.06.0
65 and Over10.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: 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 QualificationHandypersonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.7-10.110.1
Bachelor degree6.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma7.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV41.1-21.121.1
Year 1215.5-18.118.1
Year 115.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below21.8-12.512.5

You can work as a Handyperson 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)
  • driver's licence
  • working with children check

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 Handypersons who work well in a team, are well presented and reliable.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and construction

    51% Skill level

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

  2. Administration and management

    32% Skill level

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

  3. English language

    30% Skill level

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

  4. Technical design

    28% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Public safety and security

    25% Skill level

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

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, 47-3014.00 - Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons.

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. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Teamwork

    90% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  3. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    90% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  4. Spend time standing

    90% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  5. Contact with people

    89% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

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, 47-3014.00 - Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons.

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