Labourer Jobs for Backpackers

2nd 3rd Meat Processing Jobs Is Hiring In Toowoomba, Qld

Task Labour Australia Toowoomba, Queensland

Published: 3rd December 2020

Beef plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Toowoomba, QLD About 1.8 hours from Brisbaneknife... Read more

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2nd 3rd Visa Job Meat Work Is Hiring In Kingaroy, Qld( No Q Fever)

Task Labour Australia Kingaroy, Queensland

Published: 3rd December 2020

Pork plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Kingaroy, QLD about 3 hours away from Brisbane.... Read more

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Meat Processing Jobs In Sydney Wetherill Park

Task Labour Australia wetherill park, Sydney

Published: 3rd December 2020

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

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2nd 3rd Meat Processing Jobs Is Hiring In Port Wakefield, Sa

Task Labour Australia port wakefield, Adelaide

Published: 3rd December 2020

Pork Meat Processors plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Port Wakefield, SA It will take about... Read more

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2nd 3rd Meat Work Is Hiring In Leeton, Nsw

Task Labour Australia Leeton, New South Wales

Published: 3rd December 2020

JBS LEETON BEEF Meat processing plant currently hire meat workers. about 6 hours from Sydney, 1.5 hours from Wagga... Read more

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2nd 3rd Visa Meat Processing Jobs In Bordertown, Sa

Task Labour Australia Bordertown SA, South Australia

Published: 3rd December 2020

Bordertown Lamb Meat Processors plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Bordertown, SA. about 3... Read more

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2nd 3rd Visa Job In Gundagaqi, Nsw Lamb Meat Processing -

Task Labour Australia Gundagai, New South Wales

Published: 3rd December 2020

Gundagaqi Lamb Meat processing plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Gundagai, NSWabout 4 hour... Read more

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Amrick - Construction Labourers Required

Amrick Specialist Contractors Melbourne CBD and Surrounds, Melbourne

Published: 3rd December 2020

Amrick is a leading provider of contract labour and trade services to the construction industry. Due to the current... Read more

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Meat Factory Jobs

Whales Workforce East Melbourne, VIC, Melbourne

Published: 2nd December 2020

Seeking Non-Experienced Meat WorkersWhales Regional Workforce is a professional personnel out-sourcing company, we... Read more

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Warehouse Process Worker

Wilson Fishing Tingalpa, Brisbane

Published: 2nd December 2020

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

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Garden Maintenance

Eclipse Gardens Glen iris, Melbourne

Published: 1st December 2020

Garden work and trimming. Hedging, lawns and general clean up work. Read more

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Casual Gardener Needed

El Gardening North West, Sydney

Published: 1st December 2020

We are looking for someone to do jobs on weeding, pruning, mowing etc. It is a casual role in various locations in... Read more

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General Maintenance

Lakehouse Estate Phillip Island, Melbourne

Published: 1st December 2020

I'm looking for a strong willing person to assist with temporary fence construction, gardening, house cleaning and... Read more

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Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals Port Melbourne, St Kilda

Published: 1st December 2020

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

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Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals St Kilda, Melbourne

Published: 1st December 2020

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

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Picking Job Refrigerated Warehouse In Chullora

Zoom Recruitment Chullora NSW, Sydney

Published: 1st December 2020

Picking cold beverages using RF scannerCOLD REFRIGERATED WAREHOUSE (2-4 degrees)Experience using RF scanner... Read more

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Handy Person / Room Painting

Williams Dungog, New South Wales

Published: 30th November 2020

The situation is room painting and household cleaning in a heritage building in the centre of town. No experience... Read more

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Regular Cleaners/ Happy Housekeepers Wanted - Start Asap

Nest Home Services Brisbane, Brisbane

Published: 30th November 2020

We are a small family cleaning business, looking for a Professional Team or Member that can take care of customers on... Read more

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Freight Sorter / Scanner

Ams Hillsdale, Sydney

Published: 30th November 2020

Sorting Freight on a production lineManual freight handlingRF scanning freightMust lift upto 15kgs... Read more

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Labouring Work - 3 December - 3 Hours Min Guaranteed

Flint WEST END, Queensland

Published: 30th November 2020

3 labourers are required to lift and help position 2 large timber posts as part of a deck construction. 3 hours of... Read more

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Construction Worker

Hunter Labour Hire Sydney CBD, Sydney

Published: 29th November 2020

Construction labourers required for ongoing work throughout SydneyConsistent full-time work for the next 3-6... Read more

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House And Garden Cleaning

Eclipse Gardens Hampton east, Melbourne

Published: 28th November 2020

House cleaning and sorting house items.General garden clean up work Read more

Vehicle Detailer

East Coast Car Rentals Cairns North, Cairns

Published: 28th November 2020

East Coast Car Rentals is looking for a casual Vehicle Detailer.Must be fit and tech savvy.Must be willing and... Read more

Work For Accommodation

Taylor Parramatta Park, Cairns

Published: 27th November 2020

Free accommodation offered in exchange for labouring work.Accommodation consists of own fully furnished room with... Read more

Labourers

AJN labourer hire Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Published: 27th November 2020

Looking for 5x demo labourers with white card for one weeks work in Canberra $28 ABN or $25 cash leading on to full... Read more

Field Team Member ( Lr Truck License Provided)

1800gotjunk clayton, Victoria

Published: 27th November 2020

Are you hard working, friendly, reliable and customer focused? Do you like keeping fit? Then we are always looking... Read more

Gardeners Labourer

Torres Strait Landscaping Thursday Island, Queensland

Published: 27th November 2020

Torres Strait Landscaping is currently seeking a gardeners labourer to join our small team.This casual position... Read more

Vehicle Groomer

Wicked Campers Cambridge, Hobart

Published: 27th November 2020

The position will be from 8-4 Mon-Fri and may extend to Saturday 9am-12pm.Experienced vehicle groomers are... Read more

Full Time Carpenters Wanted! Start Asap!

DAYJOB RECRUITMENT Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 27th November 2020

One of the leading and most trusted deck, patios, sunrooms, insulated, curved, and open roof builder in Canberra is... Read more

Warehouse Assistant

Caroline K Morgan Fitzroy North, Victoria

Published: 27th November 2020

We are looking for someone who is hardworking, a team player and has good communication skills. Most importantly,... Read more

Experienced Electrical Trade Assistants Or Qualified Electricians

Workfront Griffith, New South Wales

Published: 27th November 2020

Experienced Electrical Trade Assistants or Qualified ElectriciansWorkfront is a recruitment agency who employs... Read more

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Warehouse Pack Boxes & Relabelling

Ams Hillsdale, Sydney

Published: 26th November 2020

Warehouse pack boxes & relabellingMale /Female must be fit & heathy . Willing to learn 1 month min ( working in a... Read more

General Labourers Required For Immediate Start!

ETM Australia Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 26th November 2020

Hi everybody!If you're heading back to Sydney and want to jump straight into work before Christmas, we have so many... Read more

Landscape Gardeners And Labourers Required

Hunter Labour Hire Sydney, Sydney

Published: 26th November 2020

Landscape labourers needed for work all around Sydney. Ideal candidates will have 2 - 3 years experience landscaping... Read more

Truck Washing

SM TRUCKWASH Dandenong/altona, Melbourne

Published: 26th November 2020

Looking for a fit and reliable candidate to join our crew.Jobs involves washing rims,chassis,cabins.Hourly rate... Read more

Cabinet Makers Urgently Needed In Adelaide

The Kingsmen Adelaide, Adelaide

Published: 25th November 2020

2nd year visa work in South Australia - openings now availableDo you have experience in cabinet making or... Read more

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Painters Needed

The Kingsmen Adelaide, Adelaide

Published: 25th November 2020

Are you a Painter ?Are you looking to complete your second or third year visa work after Christmas ?We have... Read more

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Painters Needed

The Kingsmen sydney, Sydney

Published: 25th November 2020

Are you a Painter ?Are you looking to complete your second or third year visa work after Christmas ?We have... Read more

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Traffic Controllers

Kali Group Bunbury, Western Australia

Published: 25th November 2020

We have a growing list of construction and maintenance projects and need multiple Traffic Controller team members to... Read more

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Mechanic Or Car Servicer

LineaRossa Auto Service Centre Fairfield, Melbourne

Published: 25th November 2020

Looking for Mechanic to help service cars in Fairfield, Melbourne close walk to Fairfield Train Station which is only... Read more

Furniture Unloading 26/11 Only

GNQ Removals & Transport Mackay, Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Published: 25th November 2020

We are looking for a labourer in Mackay tomorrow morningPay $25 per hourFurniture Unloading Job - Experience... Read more

Removalist Wanted

MLB Removals Brisbane, Brisbane

Published: 25th November 2020

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

Removalist Wanted

MLB Removals Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 25th November 2020

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

All Rounder

Boort Lakes Holiday Park BOORT, Victoria

Published: 24th November 2020

BOORT LAKES HOLIDAY PARK186 to 196 Godfrey street BoortWe have a... Read more

Forklift Driver

Labour solutions Australia sea lake, Mildura

Published: 24th November 2020

We are seeking Field Labourers to work on a Salt Farm in Sea Lake, VIC (1hr west of Swan Hill)This role will... Read more

Carpenters Required

New Drive Carpentry Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 24th November 2020

Experienced carpenters wanted for a small carpentry company based in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Exciting projects and... Read more

Forklift Driver Needed For Chiller Room

Task Labour Australia Wacol, Brisbane

Published: 24th November 2020

The bacon, ham and smallgoods manufacturer is looking for 4 forklift drivers to work on their morning shift and... Read more

Carpenters Jobs

The Kingsmen Adelaide, Adelaide

Published: 24th November 2020

getting ready to do your regional work ?We have carpentry jobs all over Adelaide with several clientsDo you... Read more

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Post Construction Cleaning

Copper Bottomed Recruitment Pty Ltd New Gisborne, Melbourne

Published: 24th November 2020

We are looking for construction cleaners to work for our clients. This would be a casual role in the beginning and... Read more

Residential Cleaner

Urban Company Sydney-wide, Sydney

Published: 24th November 2020

About Urban CompanyWe deliver home cleaning services to apartments and houses across Sydney. With immediate work... Read more

Maintenance Worker

FINS Australia Dromana, Victoria

Published: 23rd November 2020

This is a live in position suitable for a backpacker who has good English reading and writing skills as well and good... Read more

Casual Gardener Needed

Alex Gardening North West, Sydney

Published: 23rd November 2020

We are looking for someone to do jobs on weeding, pruning, mowing etc. It is a casual role in various locations in... Read more

Removalist Wanted Brisbane

MLB Removals Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Published: 23rd November 2020

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

Labourers With White Card

IPA Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 23rd November 2020

We are currently seeking General Labourers based in Melbourne CBD. We have an assignment starting immediately for 4-5... Read more

General Domestic Helper- Handyman

Ibrahim Darling Point, New South Wales

Published: 23rd November 2020

General Helper. I need a trustworthy strong general helper to declutter and clear our garage in preparation for a... Read more

Junk Removalist

1800-GOT-JUNK Albion, Brisbane

Published: 23rd November 2020

ATTENTION BACKPACKERS AND UNI STUDENTS!!!This is the BEST job you've never heard of!Backpacker? Uni Student?... Read more

Labour , Loader/unloader

Zulno Townville, Townsville

Published: 23rd November 2020

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Labourer

Carleton Wollstonecraft, New South Wales

Published: 22nd November 2020

I need someone to help me in the garden, some heavy lifting with quite a few green waste bins and then loads of... Read more

Storeperson Warehouse Assistant

Momentum Consulting Group Pty Ltd Central Coast, Central Coast

Published: 20th November 2020

Warehouse Labourer4 hours per dayMonday - Friday7am - 11pmLoading and unloading containersStock sorting... Read more

Cleaning Crew

Redline Trailers Young, New South Wales

Published: 19th November 2020

A crew of 3 wanted for 2 days to clean and sort steel fabrication workshop.$160 per day per person cash.Start... Read more

Removalist Wanted (driver)

MLB Removals Port Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 19th November 2020

Excellent opportunity to become part of a growing companyOpportunities to take on more responsibility and increased... Read more

Landscaper - Gardening - Horticulture

Landart Landscapes Sydney, Sydney

Published: 19th November 2020

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

Gardening

DTMT O'Connor, Perth

Published: 18th November 2020

Labourer Required for Garden worksSpraying WeedsSlashing WeedsRemoval of WeedsLawnmowinggeneral cleanup... Read more

Salad Production Workers Needed In Smeaton Grange For An Asap Start /hourly...

ShedSeven Smeaton Grange ,NSW, Sydney

Published: 18th November 2020

Salad production line process worker• Start: Asap• Pay: Day shift: $25.40 an hour (From 5:00 am)• plus... Read more

Driver

The Fresh Collective Redfern, New South Wales

Published: 18th November 2020

The Fresh Collective is looking for a experienced, self-motivated and friendly Driver to join our Logistics Team.... Read more

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General Labourer

Sunst8 Group Slacks Creek, Brisbane

Published: 17th November 2020

While we are mainly a pallet racking company we are looking for general labourers as we cover a wide array of jobs... Read more

Truck Driver

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Girraween, Sydney

Published: 17th November 2020

We are partnering with our client a leading relocations group based in Girraween to recruit a competent truck driver... Read more

Letterbox Distributors Wanted In Sydney

Letterbox Distributors Darlinghurst, Bondi, Coogee, etc, Sydney

Published: 17th November 2020

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

Kinglake West Egg Farm Looking For Packer & Floor Cleaner

Task Labour Australia Kinglake West, Melbourne

Published: 17th November 2020

Kinglake West is about 1 hour drive from Melbourne CBD. Currently looking for 1 morning shift staff and 1 afternoon... Read more

Piggery Laborers

Blantyre Farms YOUNG, New South Wales

Published: 16th November 2020

We have two full time position available at our piggery. The main tasks will be laboring in our feed by-products... Read more

Gardening & Lawn Mowing Assistant

Boyle Lower North Shore, Sydney

Published: 16th November 2020

Part time Gardening & Lawn mowing assistant required.Lower North Shore area. Read more

Carpenters / Joiners / Cabinet Makers / Shop Fitters

Distinctive Wardrobes and Showers Canberra area, Australian Capital Territory

Published: 16th November 2020

Are you a one man operator finding it hard to get constant work? This could be for you!-Installation of built in... Read more

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Carpenters / Joiners / Cabinet Makers / Shop Fitters

Distinctive Wardrobes and Showers Melbourne region, Melbourne

Published: 16th November 2020

Are you a one man operator finding it hard to get constant work? This could be for you!-Installation of built in... Read more

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Shower Screen Installations - Semi Frameless &/or Frameless

Distinctive Wardrobes and Showers Canberra area, Australian Capital Territory

Published: 16th November 2020

We are a reputable and growing family company needing quality installers on multi-dwelling projects.·Great... Read more

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Shower Screen Installations - Semi Frameless &/or Frameless

Distinctive Wardrobes and Showers Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 16th November 2020

We are a reputable and growing family company needing quality installers on multi-dwelling projects.·Great... Read more

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Detail Carpenters / Joiners / Cabinet Makers

Distinctive Wardrobes and Showers Canberra area, Canberra

Published: 16th November 2020

We are a reputable and growing family company needing quality installers on multi-dwelling projects.·Great... Read more

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Looking For Detail Carpenters / Joiners / Cabinet Makers

Distinctive Wardrobes and Showers Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 16th November 2020

We are a reputable and growing family company needing quality installers on multi-dwelling projects.·Great... Read more

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Chullora Bacon Manufacturer Looking For Process Workers

Task Labour Australia Chullora, Sydney

Published: 16th November 2020

Processing worker needed for bacon, ham and sausages manufacturing departments. You will have a lot of pushing,... Read more

Lo Order Picker (forklift)

Zoom Recruitment PRESTONS, Sydney

Published: 16th November 2020

CASUAL ONGOING JOB:Looking for ongoing order pickers for work available in hardware warehouse based in Prestons NSW... Read more

Removalist Wanted (driver)

MLB Removals Port Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 15th November 2020

Excellent opportunity to become part of a growing companyOpportunities to take on more responsibility and increased... Read more

Removalist Wanted

MLB Removals Port Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 15th November 2020

Excellent opportunity to become part of a growing companyOpportunities to take on more responsibility and increased... Read more

Picker / Packer Required

PAPERCHASE OFFICE NATIONAL Truganina, Melbourne

Published: 14th November 2020

Looking for warehouse store people for a stationery company with past picking and packing experience. 37.5 hours per... Read more

Landscape Garden/labourer

Ecoplant Australia Sydney, Sydney

Published: 12th November 2020

ARE YOU READY FOR A NEW CHALLENGE?We specialise in providing sustainable outcomes for our clients through the... Read more

Semi-skilled Labourer.

Premier Pointing Eastern Suburbs, Sydney

Published: 12th November 2020

Semi-skilled Labourer required for immediate start.Masonry Experience preferred.MUST HAVE:Drivers... Read more

Meat Processing Labourers

The Midfield Group Warrnambool, Victoria

Published: 12th November 2020

The Warrnambool abattoir, VIC, 3280The Midfield Group is hiring. Can work immediately as long as finishing... Read more

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Timber Mill Labourers

Parkside Group Wandoan, Queensland

Published: 12th November 2020

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

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Best Job For Students & Travellers

APA Flyer Distribution Sydney, Sydney

Published: 12th November 2020

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

Production Work / Factory Hand Moorabbin Immediate Start

Excellent Plating Works P/L Moorabbin, Melbourne

Published: 12th November 2020

Work type Casual/vacationSalary $20.99 - $23.50Factory hand position MelbourneDuties mainly consist of... Read more

Warehouse Workers Needed

Hunter Labour Hire Liverpool, Sydney

Published: 12th November 2020

Looking for 2 - 3 warehouse assistants for an immediate start. Must have own transport or be willing to travel to... Read more

Painter Required

KL Maintenance Service Werribee, Melbourne

Published: 12th November 2020

Experienced painter wanted on a part-time/casual basis to take on the multiple Aged Care facilities. Must have own... Read more

Post Construction Cleaning

Copper Bottomed Recruitment Pty Ltd Benowa, Brisbane

Published: 12th November 2020

We are looking for post construction cleaners to work for our clients in Gold Coast start tomorrow. Please read below... Read more

Carpenter/hammer Hand

Housemaster Constructions Halls Creek, Western Australia

Published: 11th November 2020

Carpenter or Hammer Hand (Someone in Construction Industry) Required For Working in the Kimberley, WA.Good Pay,... Read more

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Stock Controller - Warehousing

Oxford SEFTON, New South Wales

Published: 11th November 2020

We are seeking a hardworking individual to join our Online warehouse team, organising / relocating / transfer stock.... Read more

Warehouse General Hand

17 148 151 213 Eastern Creek, Sydney

Published: 11th November 2020

At Pet Circle, we want to create a world where pets and their families are healthy, happy and spend more time... Read more

General Hand / Removalists / Labourers

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Melbourne and suburbs, Melbourne

Published: 11th November 2020

We are looking for fit and energetic labourers to join our team .Work includes general relocations work,... Read more

General Hand / Removalists / Labourers Sydney & Suburbs

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Sydney, Sydney

Published: 11th November 2020

General Labourers SydneyInner SuburbsWe are seeking fit and reliable staff ideally with relocation and general... Read more

Carpenter

Housemaster Constructions Halls Creek, Western Australia

Published: 11th November 2020

A Full-Time Carpenter Is Required With Good Pay!Main Duties/Responsibilities:• Carry out all carpentry work... Read more

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2nd 3rd Visa Meat Processing Jobs In Tallangatta,vic Hourly Pay $27.71

Task Labour Australia Tallangatta, VIC, Victoria

Published: 11th November 2020

Tallangatta Meat Processors plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Tallangatta, VIC which also... Read more

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1st Year Landscaping Apprentice

Narrawong Greater Geelong, Geelong

Published: 11th November 2020

Highly reputable landscape construction business is looking for a 1st year landscaping apprentice to join our small... Read more

A Versatile General Hand/ Cleaner Required

Globe Workforce Solutions Onslow, Western Australia

Published: 10th November 2020

About the JOB:Our client is seeking a full time person to join their growing team as a Cleaner/General Hand in... 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.