Other Construction and Mining Labourers includes occupations such as Crane Chasers, Driller's Assistants, Laggers, Mining Support Workers and Surveyor's Assistants.

    You can work as an Other Construction or Mining Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • slings cranes and winches, and directs the movement of loads ensuring loads do not exceed lifting capacities
    • performs routine tasks in setting up, operating and dismantling drilling sites for extracting oil, gas, mineral ore or water
    • applies insulating materials, such as felt, fibreglass, polyurethane and cork, to pipes, steam generators, process vats and ducting, and secures insulation with wire, wire netting, staples, metal strapping and using welding torches
    • performs routine tasks in mining and mineral ore treating operations such as assembling, operating and dismantling mining equipment, taking ore, rock and dust samples, and mixing ore treating chemicals and catalysts
    • performs routine tasks to assist surveyors and geologists by transporting, assembling, maintaining and laying out prospecting and surveying equipment, and collecting and labelling samples

    More about Other Construction and Mining Labourers

    All Other Construction and Mining Labourers

    All Other Construction and Mining Labourers

    • $1,683 Weekly Pay
    • Moderate Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 6,500 workers Employment Size
    • Entry level Skill level rating
    • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 57 hours Average full-time
    • 35 years Average age
    • 5% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Other Construction and Mining Labourers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
    from 6,500 in 2018 to 6,700 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

    • Size: This is a small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Other Construction and Mining Labourers work in many parts of Australia. Western Australia and Queensland have a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Mining; Construction; and Professional, Scientific and Technical Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,683 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 57 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 35 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 5% 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
    20089900
    20098800
    20105900
    20118400
    20129200
    20137400
    20147000
    20155000
    20168800
    20176000
    20186500
    20236700

    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.
    EarningsOther Construction and Mining LabourersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings16831460

    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)
    Mining40.1
    Construction28.2
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services15.8
    Manufacturing4.9
    Other Industries11.0

    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.
    StateOther Construction and Mining LabourersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.131.6
    VIC12.925.6
    QLD25.220.0
    SA4.77.0
    WA27.310.8
    TAS1.72.0
    NT1.31.0
    ACT0.61.9

    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 BracketOther Construction and Mining LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.2-5.05.0
    20-2414.7-9.39.3
    25-3431.8-22.922.9
    35-4420.2-22.022.0
    45-5416.8-21.621.6
    55-596.4-9.09.0
    60-643.9-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.0-4.24.2

    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 QualificationOther Construction and Mining LabourersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate1.3-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree6.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma5.5-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV34.6-21.121.1
    Year 1223.2-18.118.1
    Year 116.8-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below22.3-12.512.5

    You can work as an Other Construction or Mining Labourer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)
    • driver's 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.
    • You might be interested in 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 Construction and Mining Labourers who are reliable, hardworking and can work independently.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      54% Skill level

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

    2. Public Safety and Security

      44% Skill level

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

    3. Engineering and Technology

      42% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    4. Law and Government

      41% Skill level

      How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

    5. Production and Processing

      39% Skill level

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

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    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. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      100% Important

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

    2. 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?

    3. Exposed to Hazardous Equipment

      92% Important

      How often do you work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic?

    4. Face-to-Face Discussions

      92% Important

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

    5. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      91% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

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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, 47-5081.00 - Helpers--Extraction Workers.

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