Labourer Jobs for Backpackers

Truck Driver - Mc Operator

Golden Ag Collarenebri, New South Wales

Published: 1st March 2021

Large family owned farming operations in North West NSW looking for a capable MC operator (truck driver) for... Read more

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2nd Year

Machine Operator

Ultro Recruitment Taren Point, Sydney

Published: 1st March 2021

Ultro Recruitment is a specialist recruitment firm providing a complete suite of recruitment services from blue... Read more

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Metal Roofer Wanted In Goulburn Nsw

ShedSeven Goulburn NSW, New South Wales

Published: 1st March 2021

Our client is looking for an experienced Metal Roofer with a minimum of 4 years of roofing experience in Goulburn NSW... Read more

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Fresh Fruit And Vegetable Loading

AFPC Exports Homebush, New South Wales

Published: 1st March 2021

The Successful candidate's duties will include, but not be limited to:-Loading boxes of fresh fruit and vegetable,... Read more

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Removalists Wanted Melbourne

MLB Removals Port Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 28th February 2021

Removalists Wanted MelbourneExcellent opportunity to become part of a growing companyOpportunities to take on... Read more

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Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals St Kilda, Melbourne

Published: 28th February 2021

REMOVALISTS WANTEDWe are looking for hardworking, polite, friendly staff.We offer a social, flexible and fun... Read more

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Removalist Wanted

MLB Removals Brisbane, Brisbane

Published: 28th February 2021

REMOVALISTS WANTEDWe are looking for hardworking, polite, friendly staff.We offer a social, flexible and fun... Read more

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Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals Port Melbourne, St Kilda

Published: 28th February 2021

Job DescriptionExcellent opportunity to become part of a growing companyOpportunities to take on more... Read more

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Removalists Wanted Brisbane

MLB Removals Brisbane CBD, Brisbane

Published: 28th February 2021

Removalists Wanted BrisbaneExcellent opportunity to become part of a growing company.Opportunities to take on... Read more

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Removalist Wanted Brisbane

MLB Removals Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Published: 28th February 2021

Excellent opportunity to become part of a growing company.Opportunities to take on more responsibility and... Read more

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Letterbox Distributors Wanted In Sydney

Letterbox Distributors Darlinghurst, Bondi, Mosman, etc, Sydney

Published: 28th February 2021

Hi all, we are looking for people with ABN to provide us with letterbox distribution services. We pay $50-70 for up... Read more

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Civil Formwork Bridges And Roads

Buildsmore Pty Ltd Nowra, New South Wales

Published: 28th February 2021

CIVIL FORMWORK BRIDGE AND ROADWORKSFormwork Carpenters who have at least 1 years BRIDGE or ROADWORKS experience... Read more

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Starting Feb 2021 -fun & Relaxed Carpet Cleaning Job -pay Up To $1000 Pw -no...

Amazing Carpet Cleaners COOGEE, Bondi Beach

Published: 28th February 2021

STARTING February 2021Busy carpet cleaning company located in the Eastern suburbs seeks mature, outgoing staff to... Read more

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Labourer

AGR Commercial Furniture Sunshine North, Melbourne

Published: 28th February 2021

We need someone to unload 2x40HQ container in 2 days. 3rd &4th March. Start at 8am till finsh. heavy lifting. $150... Read more

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Landscaping

Reliable Scapes Capalaba, Brisbane

Published: 28th February 2021

We are seeking a Landscaper to join our great team. Must have experience in Retaining walls, fencing and general... Read more

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Labourer And Handy Man

Jeccam Pty Ltd ATF Jeccam Family Trust Malak, Darwin

Published: 27th February 2021

Short term causal work for a Labourer - immediate startgardening including digging holes and spreading soil... Read more

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Labourer / Installer

All Flooring WA Anketell, Perth

Published: 27th February 2021

Labourers wanted to work with floor covering installers.Experience welcome but not essential.Must have license... Read more

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Truck Driver

Living Edge Rental Chatswood, Sydney

Published: 26th February 2021

Truck Drivers wanted for our furniture rental business located in Chatswood. Must have experience driving trucks. We... Read more

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2nd/3rd/408 Visa Meat Processing Jobs In Yanco(near Wagga Wagga)

Task Labour Australia Yanco, New South Wales

Published: 26th February 2021

Our client is looking for the Meat Process WorkerLocation:Yanco, NSWJob Type:Casual positionCasual... Read more

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Knife Hand Meat Process Worker Positions In Sydney

Task Labour Australia wetherill park, Sydney

Published: 26th February 2021

Pork Processors plant currently have ongoing casual knife hand positions available inWetherill Park in Sydney, NSW... Read more

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2nd 3rd/408 Sa Visa Meat Process Worker With Over $300 Bonus

Task Labour Australia Bordertown SA, South Australia

Published: 26th February 2021

TASK LABOUR AUSTRALIA (TLA) is a privately owned and operated business developed as a result of the founders combined... Read more

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Brisbane Assembly Workers-manufacturing

Task Labour Australia richlands, Brisbane

Published: 26th February 2021

Our client is seeking for the assembly workers in Brisbane. positions are available.• Looking for long-term... Read more

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Handyman

Nguyen 2200, New South Wales

Published: 25th February 2021

We are a small local business that loves helping people. We are looking for a handyman to join us as the business is... Read more

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Construction Labourer

hotel sophia city, Melbourne

Published: 24th February 2021

construction labouringprefer building trade experienceaward conditions base rate $26.53 per hourpaid... Read more

Labourer Wanted For Garden Work

Macol Pty Ltd SANDY RIDGES, Queensland

Published: 24th February 2021

LABOURER REQUIRED FOR GARDEN WORK INCLUDES PLANTING TREES MAKING GARDEN EDGES LAYING WATER PIPES FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEM... Read more

Skilled Labourer

F.G James Pty Ltd Glen Iris, Melbourne

Published: 24th February 2021

Established business allied to the construction industry has an opportunity for a subcontractor with general building... Read more

Garden Helper

gardening4u St Ives, Sydney

Published: 24th February 2021

Big garden located in the Sydney's north shore is in need of lots of work: weeding, lawn mowing, pruning, bringing... Read more

Laborer

Kube Constructions Malvern, Melbourne

Published: 24th February 2021

Looking for a fit, smart and enthusiastic labourer for basic carpentry and general construction labouring work on a... Read more

Labourer

Auxilium Resources Woolongbah, New South Wales

Published: 24th February 2021

Labourer required for site clean up $28 to $30 per hour for 2 weeks. Interested email tamara@imsaus.com.au Read more

Warehouse Coordinator

Spatial Property Styling Chatswood, Sydney

Published: 24th February 2021

We are an established Property Styling company based in Chatswood who furnish and style over 30 homes per week. We... Read more

2nd Year

Sa_lamb Factory (qfever,medical Free)

Task labour Australia Bordertown, South Australia

Published: 24th February 2021

[Meat Factory Worker]Hello, I'm Chloe from Task Labour Australia.I introduce the factory where applicants are... Read more

General Labourer

Springs Developments NT Warrnambool, Geelong

Published: 23rd February 2021

General laboring including painting, minor repairs and maintenance tasks required to undertake refurbishment of... Read more

Knife Skilled Meat Process Worker In Brisbane,qld

Task Labour Australia cannon hill, Brisbane

Published: 23rd February 2021

There is an exciting opportunity at one of Australia’s largest meat processing brands for the meat workers in... Read more

Picker And Packer

Orientique cannon hill, Brisbane

Published: 23rd February 2021

We are a fashion wholesaler based in Cannon Hill and require 2 warehouse workers who can help pick and pack our... Read more

General Labourer

TLA Wacol, Brisbane

Published: 23rd February 2021

General Labourer required will pay from $24.78-29Job Description:5 days work weekly as product processor, you... Read more

Timber Mill Labourers - Nannup

Parkside Group Nannup, Western Australia

Published: 23rd February 2021

Parkside is a 70 plus year old large company with divisions in saw milling, timber manufacturing, land and property... Read more

Timber Mill Labourers - Greenbushes

Parkside Group Greenbushes, Western Australia

Published: 23rd February 2021

Parkside is a 70 plus year old large company with divisions in saw milling, timber manufacturing, land and property... Read more

Timber Mill Labourers - Wandoan

Parkside Group Wandoan, Queensland

Published: 22nd February 2021

Parkside is a family owned; Queensland based Hardwood Sawmilling Company which prides themselves in state of the art... Read more

Casual Events Labourers & Forklift Drivers

CG Recruitment Sydney, Sydney

Published: 22nd February 2021

Must have construction industry card (white card or equivalent)SYDNEY CBD LOCATIONWe are seeking a team of... Read more

Food Processing Workers Needed In Smeaton Grange ,nsw

ShedSeven Smeaton Grange ,NSW, Sydney

Published: 22nd February 2021

Shed7 group is looking for teams of hardworking people to take on the role of Process Worker in Smeaton Grange for an... Read more

Need Help Doing Labour Work At Storage Facility 24th, 25th

Artisan Oranements Brisbane, Brisbane

Published: 22nd February 2021

I'm looking for 2/3 people to help do labour work at a storage facility in Springwood on the 24th and 25thThe... Read more

Landscaper - Gardening - Horticulture

Landart Landscapes Sydney, Sydney

Published: 22nd February 2021

Landart Landscapes Pty Ltd requires gardeners and landscapers with experience in garden maintenance and landscape... Read more

Green Keeper

ProLawn Green-keeping Services Pymble, New South Wales

Published: 20th February 2021

ProLawn is based on Sydney's upper North Shore and specialises in Turf Management.We are seeking, either, a... Read more

2nd 3rd 408 Visa Meat Processing Jobs In Port Wakefield, Sa

Task Labour Australia port wakefield, South Australia

Published: 18th February 2021

TASK LABOUR AUSTRALIA (TLA) is a privately owned and operated business developed as a result of the founders combined... Read more

2nd Year

Process Worker

Wilson Fishing Tingalpa, Brisbane

Published: 18th February 2021

Process Worker wanted for busy warehouse in Tingalpa, QLD.Monday to Friday daytime roster varying depending on... Read more

[sa] Meat Factory Worker (qfever, Medical Test Free)

Task labour Australia 490 Meatworks Rd, Bordertown SA 5268, South Australia

Published: 18th February 2021

[Meat Factory Worker]Hello, I'm Chloe from Task Labour Australia.I introduce the factory where applicants are... Read more

Causal Landscape Labourers Required Asap - Mascot Location

CG Recruitment Mascot, Sydney

Published: 18th February 2021

LANDSCAPE LABOURERS REQUIRED NOW - MASCOT LOCATIONOur client specialises in the cost-effective maintenance of... Read more

Event Set Up / Labourers / General Hands Scg 5th And 6th March

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Sydney, Sydney

Published: 18th February 2021

SYDNEY - LABOURERSWe are seeking keen and reliable labourers for event set up on Friday 5th March and Saturday 6th... Read more

Boat Cleaning

Better Lifestyles Hervey Bay, Queensland

Published: 18th February 2021

Timber boat under renovation on swing morning so can pick you up at river heads boat ramp or when we come to town,... Read more

Garden Labourer

Property Cleanups Bellbird Park, Brisbane

Published: 17th February 2021

Start Tomorrow - 2 days availableGarden Labourer$30 per hourBellbird Park locationMust have:Own... Read more

Factory Hand With Forklift Or Telehandler Experience Mildura Area.

Farm maintenance MILDURA, Victoria

Published: 16th February 2021

Work for an innovative processing company that specialised in land rehabilitation and recovery, if you have a hands... Read more

2nd Year

Installers - Wardrobes & Shower Screens

Recruiting for Multiple companies Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 16th February 2021

We are a NSW manufacturer requiring quality installers on multi-dwelling projects across Melbourne.Great earnings... Read more

Motor Mechanic

Ultratune Cairns Cairns, Cairns

Published: 15th February 2021

Applications are invited from professional and experienced Motor Mechanics. Is this you?As we are expanding our... Read more

Yard Hand Required For Timber Yard In Brooklyn (west Footscray)

MARKET TIMBERS (AUST) PTY LTD Brooklyn, Melbourne

Published: 15th February 2021

Timber yard (West Footscray) seeking YARD-HAND for immediate startBusy local timber yard in Brooklyn (West... Read more

Furniture Removalist - Full Time Hours

Spatial Property Styling Chatswood, Sydney

Published: 15th February 2021

OUR BUSINESS...We are an established Property Styling company based in Chatswood who furnish and style over 30... Read more

2nd Year

Best Job For Students & Travellers

APA Flyer Distribution Sydney, Sydney

Published: 14th February 2021

Our Best Walkers earn $500 to $1500 per weekYou can work 2 days a week or all 7 days a week.This the Best Job... Read more

Meat Processing Worker

scrtz pty ltd cranbourne, Melbourne

Published: 13th February 2021

Meat Industry Roles based in South Eastern surburb MelbourneThis is a family owned company processing & exporting... Read more

Labour

Australian recycling and equipment Sumner park, Brisbane

Published: 12th February 2021

Looking for two individuals to strip air conditioning units so we can extract the valuable parts for recycling. All... Read more

2nd Year

Carpenter/roofer

Crawford Constructions Pty Ltd Moree, New South Wales

Published: 12th February 2021

CARPENTER/ROOFERCrawford Roofing are currently seeking a fulltime carpenter/roofer in the Moree NSW area.The... Read more

Forklift Driver (lf Licence) Casual

Plant Access Heatherton, Melbourne

Published: 11th February 2021

Job tasks and responsibilitiesThe role will require you to perform all warehousing duties including loading and... Read more

Offsiders - Commercial Relocations

Blue Lion Moving Services Sydney, Sydney

Published: 11th February 2021

Blue Lion Moving Services is a commercial relocations company which is currently seeking removalist offsiders for... Read more

Labourer

Grand Hotel Thursday Island, QLD, Cairns

Published: 11th February 2021

The Grand Hotel Thursday Island is seeking the services of a Builders labourer for 3 months to assist in building and... Read more

2nd Year

Delivery Driver/customer Service - Weekend Work

Blast Entertainment Alderley, Brisbane

Published: 11th February 2021

Blast Entertainment is looking for a delivery driver / customer service / Jumping Castle installation extraordinaire.... Read more

[leeton, Nsw] Meat Factory Worker

Task labour Australia 2 Regulator Rd, Yanco NSW 2703, New South Wales

Published: 11th February 2021

Hello, I'm Chloe from Task Labour Australia.I introduce the factory where applicants are satisfied with the fact... Read more

4 Bricklayers Wanted $35.00 Per Hr

Masonry Strathfield, New South Wales

Published: 11th February 2021

A great opportunity! Would you like to work with a well-respected Masonry company,experiencing rapid growth... Read more

Motor Mechanic

Express Mobile Mechanics Sunshine, Melbourne

Published: 11th February 2021

MOTOR MECHANIC - FIELD SERVICE Western, Eastern and Northern Melbourne roles available Immediate start... Read more

Meat Factory Job

Task labour Australia 490 Meatworks Rd, Bordertown SA 5268, Adelaide

Published: 11th February 2021

Hello, I'm Chloe from Task Labour Australia.I introduce the factory where applicants are satisfied with the fact... Read more

2nd Year

Outgoing Backpackers Wanted For The Most Fun Job In Brisbane!

EEC Spring Hill, Brisbane

Published: 10th February 2021

Get paid to travel across Australia and see the sights while working with a team of fun and outgoing backpackers! EEC... Read more

2nd 3rd/408 Visa Meat Process Worker- Toowoomba

Task Labour Australia Toowoomba, Queensland

Published: 10th February 2021

There is an exciting opportunity at one of Australia’s largest meat processing brands for a entry level/skilled... Read more

2nd Year

Garden Maintenance

Eclipse Gardens Glen iris, Melbourne

Published: 10th February 2021

Looking for someone to help with various garden maintenance jobs.Weeding and cleaningMowing and blowingSome... Read more

Yard Hand/labourer

acelandscapes Belrose, New South Wales

Published: 10th February 2021

HiWe are looking for a labourer/ yard hand to work in our landscape supply yard.Tasks include bagging... Read more

Gardener

Little Trimmer maintenance Oakleigh, Melbourne

Published: 9th February 2021

We require the services of a fit reliable and enthusiastic person to help out in our garden maintenance division.... Read more

Fruit Packer - Casual

Adelaide Hills Fresh Monarto South, South Australia

Published: 9th February 2021

Adelaide Hills Fresh is an apple packing business based in Monarto South Australia approximately 50 minutes travel... Read more

Butcher/meat Processor/ Packer

Crossroads Game Meats Port Augusta, South Australia

Published: 9th February 2021

Job is located near the Flinders Ranges, Spencer Gulf and far north of South Australia.Casual workers needed... Read more

2nd Year

Truss Plant Operator

K & B Timber & Hardware Keith, South Australia

Published: 9th February 2021

K & B Timber & Hardware is looking for additional workers for its Truss Plant based in Keith.The work is required... Read more

2nd Year

Truck Driver

Living Edge Rental Clifton Hill, Melbourne

Published: 8th February 2021

We are looking for a driver to join our great Operations team based in Clifton Hill. Hours are 7am to 3pm Monday to... Read more

Meat Factory Jobs

Whales Workforce Warrnambool, VIC, Victoria

Published: 8th February 2021

Whales Regional Workforce is hiring for non-experience meat workers to work at Midfield Group.Bonus up to $1.000... Read more

Labourer

GQ Windows Ringwood, Melbourne

Published: 7th February 2021

2-4 General Labourers needed for removing old plasters, cabinets, carpets etc. on a private construction site in... Read more

Food Production

AWXS Melbourne, Victoria

Published: 5th February 2021

AWXS are currently seeking food production workers to join their team in Melbourne.Day shift: start from 5am, but... Read more

Labourer/ Trades Assistant

Buildsmart SA Streaky Bay, South Australia

Published: 4th February 2021

STREAKY BAY. West coast SA. Trades assistant position available with a Streaky Bay Builder. Casual position for... Read more

2nd 3rd 408 Visa Meat Process Worker-townsville

Task Labour Australia Townsville, Townsville

Published: 4th February 2021

There is an exciting opportunity at one of Australia’s largest meat processing brands for meat process workers in... Read more

2nd Year

Residential Carpenters (full Time) For Canberra

DAYJOB RECRUITMENT Canberra, Canberra

Published: 4th February 2021

Dayjob Recruitment is looking for Full Time Residential Carpenters- - At least 3 years of experience (as a... Read more

Drivers, Movers & Connection Staff Wanted For Commercial Relocations

Goals AN Sydney, Sydney

Published: 4th February 2021

Who We Are:Goals A N is a busy commercial relocations company which specialises in providing end to end relocation... Read more

Handyman, Transport, Warehouse

World Blue Sydney City, Sydney

Published: 3rd February 2021

Seeking an enthusiastic friendly and honest traveler who would like to do a few days per week repairing furniture and... Read more

Halal Slaughterer Workers In Townsville, Qld

Task Labour Australia TOWNSVILLE, Queensland

Published: 3rd February 2021

We are looking for the candidates wish to become certified in Halal slaughter in the Northern QLD. Experience is not... Read more

2nd Year

Afternoon Shift Factory Work - North West Tasmania

CoreStaff Forth TAS, Tasmania

Published: 2nd February 2021

We are looking for people to start on MONDAY 8th February in our vegetable factory for afternoon shift.$24.80 per... Read more

2nd Year

Builder/handyman

Cannon Family Hay, New South Wales

Published: 1st February 2021

Looking for one months work to help build a pergola, install fencing, build garden gates and various odd jobs around... Read more

Motor Mechanic

Volks CentreCairns portsmith, Cairns

Published: 31st January 2021

Be part of an awesome team at Volks Centre CairnsEssential Skills Required• Must be a strong team... Read more

Construction Worker

Black Opal Services Canberra, Canberra

Published: 31st January 2021

We are looking for a reliable person to join our construction and demolition team.Our company has very flexible... Read more

M/s

ESA Cloncurry, Queensland

Published: 30th January 2021

Various jobs available on large reality TV show between Feb and June. Office work, drivers, labourers, carpenters and... Read more

Experienced Landscaper

J&JJ Landscaping North Western & Hill District of Sydney, Sydney

Published: 29th January 2021

J&JJ Landscaping is a full service building company located at North Western and Hills District of Sydney... Read more

Construction / Demolition / Maintenace

Ayers Construction & Development Wilyabrup, Western Australia

Published: 28th January 2021

Labourer required to assist with General housing Renovation and ConstructionJobs various but will include:... Read more

2nd Year

Welder/fabricator - Second Year Visa

Wimmera Mallee Waste Rainbow, Mildura

Published: 28th January 2021

Wimmera Mallee Waste seeks the services of a Welder/Fabricator. Duties would primarily be the construction and... Read more

Mechanic - Second Year Visa

Wimmera Mallee Waste Rainbow, Mildura

Published: 28th January 2021

Wimmera Mallee Waste seeks the services of a person with either mechanical qualifications, or one who can display... Read more

Electrician Required In Chinchilla. Qld

Frog Services Chinchilla, Queensland

Published: 28th January 2021

This opportunity is local to Chinchilla, QLD which is a lovely town with good water-ski facilities amongst other... Read more

Removalists Jobs

Melbourne Cheap Movers CAMPBELLFIELD, St Kilda

Published: 27th January 2021

Hello All,We are removals company based in Port melbourne, Stkilda , campbellfield.Looking for Reliable ,... Read more

Landscape Labourers

Betta People Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast

Published: 27th January 2021

Immediate start! landscape labourers needed! On-going opportunity! Apply now.Client DetailsA well respected... Read more

Electrical Trade Assistants $32.75 Per Hour, Concord Nsw

Workfast Concord, Sydney

Published: 27th January 2021

Workfast are looking for Electrical Trade Assistants or Qualified Overseas Electricians to join their Electrical team... Read more

General And Skilled Labourers Required

Hunter Labour Hire Sydney, Sydney

Published: 27th January 2021

HLH Group are busy working with the best construction companies in Sydney + NSW. We need hardworking and driven... Read more

Urgent: Handyman And General Garden Tidy Up

Bayswater Huntingdale, Perth

Published: 26th January 2021

Need a fit person to help with various chores outside the house like using the blowervac to vaccum all the dead... Read more

Labourer Jobs Australia

Labourer Jobs, Australia
Labourer Jobs

A position that is always in demand, can be done by anyone with an able body, and in many cases can help you get a second or third year visa; it's little wonder that labouring is one of Australia's most popular backpacker gigs.

But what does it mean for backpackers to be a labourer as a 417 or 462 working holiday visa holder? Let's take a closer look.

What does a labourer actually do in Australia?

Labouring can be split into two categories.

First come the skilled labourers - otherwise known as tradespeople - who are trained and qualified in a specific discipline. Generally speaking skilled labourers earn good money and are always in demand in Australia, and there may even be a specific visa available to you if your trade is found on the Australian Department of Home Affairs skilled occupations list. Skilled labourers include such professionals as:

  • Carpenters
  • Plumbers
  • Welders
  • Plasterers
  • Painters
  • Electricians
  • And many more...

But most backpackers aren't skilled labourers. They instead fall into the second category: general/unskilled labourers. The main task for these workers is to assist the skilled labourers and tradespeople on a worksite. This work includes such tasks as:

  • Carrying and moving tools and materials
  • Putting up/ dismantling temporary structures
  • Clearing debris
  • Cleaning/ tidying the worksite

Where are most labourer jobs located?

Wherever there are people, there's work for labourers. Labouring positions are available in a wide variety of industries and organisations, with construction companies, mines and local councils constituting some of the biggest employers. A labourer could work as a traffic controller in the centre of a city, or as an entry-level worker in Australia's remote mines.

Generally speaking there will be more labouring work available in bigger cities, but you'll get better pay in remote and isolated areas. Be sure to check out our labourer jobs in Sydney page as well as Brisbane and Melbourne.

What qualifications are needed to be a labourer?

One of the most alluring aspects of an entry-level labourer job is that no specific professional training is required to get one. On your first day you'll be inducted, and any necessary training will be completed on the job.

But while you won't need any qualifications, you will most likely need a certification. In order to work on any construction or mine site in Australia you need to have an Occupational Health and Safety General Induction Certificate, more commonly known as a White Card. To get a white card you simply need to complete a short course (usually around six hours) with a registered training organisation. Courses can either be completed online or face-to-face at a training centre.

Certain employers may ask you to undergo a pre-employment medical to ensure that you are fit to work, particularly if you are likely to encounter challenging conditions while on the job. You may also be asked to supply your own personal protective equipment (PPE), like steel-capped boots, a hard hat, ear plugs and a face mask.

How much does a labourer earn in Australia

Skilled labourers and tradespeople are very well paid in Australia, thanks in part to a constant shortage. The pay for general/unskilled labourers can also be quite good, thanks this time to Australia's world-leading minimum wage. You can expect to be paid $20/hr at the very least, and the actual rate is often far higher.

This is particularly the case for general labourers doing remote work. Australia's mines and rural communities have a tough time attracting workers, so generally offer better than average pay. If you're willing to put up with the less desirable aspects of working remotely, you can sometimes earn more as an unskilled labourer in the mines as you can as a skilled labourer in the city. It's common for a mine labourer to earn $40 an hour - double the minimum wage. On top of that, many labourer jobs in the mines will see living expenses like accommodation and food paid for, and a lack of malls and pubs will see you saving every cent!

Pros and cons of labourer jobs

So, is a labourer job the right choice for you, the working holidaymaker? Let's sum up the pros and cons.

Pros

  • Work can be found everywhere, and can be done by almost everyone
  • Good base pay, with opportunities to earn more
  • You get to work outdoors
  • Certain jobs will count as specified work for your second and third year visas

Cons

  • You'll need to get a white card and you may have to supply some of your own equipment
  • The work can be physically taxing
  • The best paying work can be quite remote

When you weigh everything up, labouring is an enticing prospect. There is generally plenty of work available, you'll get good, steady pay, the only thing you'll need to bring to the table is a white card, and it could help you to extend your visa into a second and third year.

As long as a backpacker is ready and able, general/unskilled labouring is one of the best employment opportunities available.

Don't forget, in order to do a labouring job in the construction industry you will need to have a White Card qualification. Have a read of our guide to White Card Online Australia courses and classroom certification.

Take a look at our sister site for Labourer Jobs in New Zealand.