Labourer Jobs for Backpackers

Experienced Landscaper

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

Published: 14th May 2021

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

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2nd, 3rd 408 Visa Work -hunter Valley Meat Process Job In Scone. Hourly Pay...

Task Labour Australia scone, New South Wales

Published: 13th May 2021

Beef Processing jobs in Scone, NSW.Hourly pay $26.64(this pay rate only for the TLA new employees after 13/05/2021,... Read more

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2nd Year

Production Work / Factory Hand Moorabbin Immediate Start

Excellent Plating Works P/L Moorabbin, Melbourne

Published: 13th May 2021

Work type Casual/vacationSalary $20.99 - $25.51Factory hand position MelbourneDuties mainly consist of... Read more

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Brisbane Meat Processing Jobs In Cannon Hill

Task Labour Australia cannon hill, Brisbane

Published: 13th May 2021

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

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Melbourne Chicken Factory Am Shift Job

Task Labour Australia somerville, Melbourne

Published: 13th May 2021

Job DescriptionChicken Processing jobs in Somerville,VICWe currently have jobs/positions available in the... Read more

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Construction Labourer

Buildsafe Billinudgel, Byron Bay

Published: 13th May 2021

About usBuildsafe is a market leader in providing height safety systems and solutions within the building and... Read more

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2nd Year

Driver / Offsiders Furniture Transport Sydney

Prestige Furniture Logistics Pty Ltd SYDNEY, Sydney

Published: 13th May 2021

Work available delivering furniture for a leading retailer in Sydney.EASTERN SUBURBS BASED logistics company... Read more

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Full Time Entry Level Meat Processing General Labouring(2nd/3rd/408 Visa)

KILCOY GLOBAL FOODS Kilcoy QLD, Sunshine Coast

Published: 13th May 2021

Kilcoy Global Foods(KGF) is a nature-to-plate company with a footprint spanning Australia, the United States and... Read more

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2nd Year

Labourer

Dunc's Aussie Scapes Ormeau, Gold Coast

Published: 13th May 2021

Looking for a labourer next week for 2 or 3 days. $25p/h abn. Interested??? Call Dunc on 0447691994 Read more

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2nd Year

Carpenter / Roofer

Pinnacle People Solutions Australia Moree, New South Wales

Published: 12th May 2021

• Permanent full-time opportunity• Above award rates and access to company tools• Relocation support,... Read more

Geophysics Team Member

Fender Geophysics Artarmon, New South Wales

Published: 12th May 2021

Fender Geophysics is looking for casual field staff on geophysics crews. The role offers great opportunity for travel... Read more

All Rounder

Maclean Parks Pty Ltd Fraser Island, Queensland

Published: 12th May 2021

I’m looking for a Offsider to assist me for one week starting on the 10th May on Fraser IslandIncludes yard work... Read more

Meat Factory Jobs

Whales Workforce Warrnambool, Victoria

Published: 12th May 2021

Beef / Lamb Processing Plant in Warrnambool - Hiring Process Workers[Casual Full-time]Position: Factory Process... Read more

Pressure Washing/cleaning Technician

FCT Surface Cleaning Osborne Park, Perth

Published: 12th May 2021

We are looking for Casual Cleaning Technicians to complete various cleaning requirements ranging from pressure... Read more

Air-conditioning Cleaning And Sanitizing

LP Airconditioning Installation Bilingurr, Western Australia

Published: 12th May 2021

POSITION VACANT -Broome WA. Full TimeAir-conditioning Cleaning and Sanitizing.Tasks: Operate an air... Read more

Meat Factory Job In Qld

Task labour Australia 206 Kingaroy Barkers Creek Rd, Kingaroy QLD, Queensland

Published: 12th May 2021

Meat Processing jobs in QLD[Location] Please specify which factory you applying1. Mackay, QLD (Beef)2.... Read more

Furniture Removals Owner Driver/subcontractor

Lekahire Parramatta, New South Wales

Published: 12th May 2021

Removalist Company is seeking a Reliable Owner Driver/Subcontractor for furniture removals.What we require:Any... Read more

Cleaner, Domestic And Owners Corp

HAWTHORN HOME SERVICES HAWTHORN, Melbourne

Published: 11th May 2021

A FULL TIME/PART TIME POSITION IS AVAILABLE IN OUR SMALL BOUTIQUE CLEANINGCOMPANY. WE ARE LOOKING FOR A PERSON WITH... Read more

Mill Hands

Parkside Group Wandoan, Queensland

Published: 11th May 2021

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

Caravan Assembly

Chandler AgriBusiness Epping, Melbourne

Published: 10th May 2021

Our Client is a top of the range, local manufacturer of quality off road campers and caravans. Due to the companies... Read more

2nd Year

Landscaper - Gardening - Horticulture

Landart Landscapes Sydney, Sydney

Published: 10th May 2021

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

Removalist - With Car Licence

HomeMove Removals & Storage Northcote, Melbourne

Published: 10th May 2021

Stable & reputable company with awesome cultureInner Suburbs, BrunswickCasual Role – with Part time to... Read more

Chicken Labourer

* Wingfield, Adelaide

Published: 9th May 2021

Hi there,Looking for people to work night, day and afternoon shift at a chicken processing factory. Job is not... Read more

2nd Year

Chicken Boning

* Wingfield, Adelaide

Published: 9th May 2021

Hi there,Looking for people interested in chicken boning. We pay by bucket, so the faster you cut the more money... Read more

2nd Year

Labourer

NSG Labour Rose Bay, New South Wales

Published: 9th May 2021

Great opportunity to make quick $$$. START TOMORROW!NOW HIRINGLooking for hardworking individuals to join... Read more

Mechanic

Kaarima Industries Clermont, Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Published: 8th May 2021

We are seeking an experienced Mechanicfor the day-to-day operations of our 8,000ha mixed grain and livestock... Read more

2nd Year

Site Handyman And Cleaner

Clifton Clifton Beach, Cairns

Published: 8th May 2021

Looking for a young intragenic young man for about 30 hours per week to help laboring work such as High pressure... Read more

Event Set Up / Labourers / General Hands

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company rockhampton, Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Published: 7th May 2021

RockhamptonWe require general labourers require for work commencing ASAPWork include marquee set up and stock... Read more

2nd Year

Cabinet Maker Needed

The Kingsmen Adelaide, Adelaide

Published: 7th May 2021

Are you a skilled Cabinet Maker and looking for a job?We are in need of Cabinet Maker for Adelaide.Details:- At... Read more

2nd Year

Labourer

Maddocks and Associates Pty Ltd Innisfail, Queensland

Published: 7th May 2021

3 labouring positions. 14 days work 9 hour days. PPE and training provided. $30/hour. Read more

2nd Year

Food Production/packaging Workers - Asap Start

CG Recruitment Chullora, Sydney

Published: 6th May 2021

FOOD PROCESSORS REQUIRED FOR BUSY CHULLORA FACTORYDay Shift 6:00am - 2:30pmAfternoon Shift 3:00pm - 11:30pm... Read more

Casual Process Worker

SPRING BAY SEAFOODS PTY LTD Triabunna, Hobart

Published: 6th May 2021

Spring Bay Seafoods is looking for an employee to work on our processing/production line and as a general hand in our... Read more

General Labouring

Clearspan Constructions Hamilton, Brisbane

Published: 6th May 2021

We require general labourers to help install marquees in Hamilton, Brisbane saturday and sunday this weekend Read more

Labourer

Tycen Demolitions Sydney, Sydney

Published: 6th May 2021

Our family owned business is looking for motivated, fit, reliable workers to help us Monday to Saturday on our... Read more

Carpenter-remote Northern Territory

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Darwin, Northern Territory

Published: 6th May 2021

Carpenter-Remote Northern TerritoryWe are seeking a qualified Carpenter for this busy property located in... Read more

General Labouring

Clearspan Constructions Brisbane and Gold Caost, Brisbane

Published: 6th May 2021

We have casual positions available for general labourers to help with the installation and dismantle of marquees and... Read more

Trades Assistant

TRP Ductwork Maddington, Perth

Published: 5th May 2021

TRP Ductwork are looking for TA's all areas of our factory: Machine work, Assembly & Lagging.Experience not... Read more

Letterbox Distributor

Distribution and Display Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 5th May 2021

LOOKING FOR FLEXIBLE WORK THAT FITS IN WITH YOUR SCHEDULE?DanD is looking for reliable, well presented walkers to... Read more

General Labourers For Weekend Work $54 Per Hour, Cairns Qld

Workfast Cairns, Cairns

Published: 5th May 2021

Workfast is looking for Experienced General Labourers to join their team on commercial office furniture removals and... Read more

Labourer

Quality Partners Ingleburn, Sydney

Published: 4th May 2021

Quality Partners is supporting a client who needs to complete some salvage work on some weather damaged stock.... Read more

Asbestos Assessor / Analyst

JMB Environmental Consulting Ltd ALEXANDRIA, New South Wales

Published: 4th May 2021

About us:JMB Environmental Consulting Pty Ltd (asbestos Labs) is an innovative, multi-disciplinary environmental... Read more

Civil Labourers

Protech Group Pty Ltd Berrybank, Ballarat

Published: 3rd May 2021

Protech is a recruitment specialist with a strong emphasis on providing quality personnel across the Civil, Asphalt... Read more

Precast Labourer

Otway Precast Colac West, Victoria

Published: 3rd May 2021

Training provided where necessary for the following tasks:• Setting out, Laying, and fixing of side forms and or... Read more

Upvc Window & Door Fabricator - Experienced

Nationwide Windows Yatala, Gold Coast

Published: 1st May 2021

NATIONWIDE WINDOWS - Queensland's leading UPVC window & door manufacturing company based between Brisbane & The Gold... Read more

Spotters/labourers Required For Work @ Icc Darling Harbour $26 Per Hour

Zoom Recruitment Darling Harbour, Sydney

Published: 30th April 2021

We are looking for guys for regular temp jobs at the ICC Darling Harbour.You will be working as either a Spotter... Read more

Ongoing Picking Job With Forklift Licence $27.55 Mon-sat Weekly

Zoom Recruitment Chullora, Sydney

Published: 30th April 2021

Our client, a leader in the transport industry is currently seeking experienced pickers with an LF Forklift Licence... Read more

Cream Re-packer Day Shift Mon-thurs $27.55 P/h

Zoom Recruitment Chullora NSW, Sydney

Published: 30th April 2021

Our client is looking for a person on a Working Holiday visa with full time working rights to work an ongoing day... Read more

Landscaping

Schampers Developments Forest glen, Sunshine Coast

Published: 29th April 2021

Need 2 guys to load wheelbarrows and mulch garden beds.Must be hard working, About 6 hrs work, could be more. Read more

Removalist In Melbourne

MLB Removals PORT MELBOURNE, Victoria

Published: 29th April 2021

About us...We are a furniture removals company looking for friendly, customer service focused, new recruits.... Read more

Removalist In Brisbane

MLB Removals Geebung, Brisbane

Published: 29th April 2021

About us...We are a furniture removals company looking for friendly, customer service focused, new recruits.... Read more

Removalist Wanted

MLB Removals Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 29th April 2021

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

Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals St Kilda, Melbourne

Published: 29th April 2021

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

Removalist Wanted Brisbane

MLB Removals Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Published: 29th April 2021

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

Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals Port Melbourne, St Kilda

Published: 29th April 2021

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

Turf Layer/ Installer

Southeastern Turf Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 28th April 2021

Turf layer/ installer all over Melbourne.must have White Card. Casual could lead to full time for right person. Must... Read more

Packers Required For Cosmetics Warehouse $27 P/h Mon-fri Next Week

Zoom Recruitment Erskineville, Sydney

Published: 28th April 2021

- Working in a lovely, clean, prestigious cosmetics warehouse, packing online orders for Mothers Day sales (products... Read more

Event Labourers

Harry the Hirer Brooklyn, Melbourne

Published: 28th April 2021

Harry the Hirer is the leading supplier of hiring solutions to the Events, Parties and Exhibitions market. Ever been... Read more

Event Setup Attendant – Back Of House

Luna Park Sydney Milsons Point, Sydney

Published: 27th April 2021

Luna Park Sydney is upping the excitement with the addition of 9 new rides, taking fun to the next level!... Read more

Carpenters / Trade-hands /skilled Laborers - Trade Qualified Any Trade

Intraland Pty Ltd St Kilda,, Melbourne

Published: 26th April 2021

Intraland have a number of roles available (short, medium or long term) which will require the applicants to be... Read more

2nd Year

Removalist Store Person/all Rounder - Yennora Location

Kent Relocation Group Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 26th April 2021

The Removalist Store Person/All Rounder is responsible to carry out the job in a safe, efficient and professional... Read more

Assistant To Move Boat

Better Lifestyles gold coast, Gold Coast

Published: 24th April 2021

Person to join me to move a boat in Harvey bay area up to be slipped and cleaned, you will assist with dropping ropes... Read more

Labourer With White Card

Tempest Solutions Sydney CBD, Sydney

Published: 23rd April 2021

2 Labourers required to work in Mulit story building demolishing floor fit out mechanicalMust have white card... Read more

2nd Year

Cleaner

Norfolk Island cleaners Norfolk Island, Norfolk Island

Published: 22nd April 2021

We are an awesome team. The only contract cleaning team on Norfolk Island. We cover accommodations, private... Read more

2nd Year

Electrical Assistant/labourer

Exponet Gold Coast/Brisbane, Queensland

Published: 22nd April 2021

Interested in casual work in the exhibition industry? WE ARE HIRINGExponet are looking for Electricians and Trade... Read more

Gardening

Grossman Annangrove, Sydney

Published: 21st April 2021

I need 2 guys for two to four days to help clear leaves, bushes, branches from the ground (bushfire preparation) on a... Read more

Food Processing Plant | Various Positions

RFTTEJOBS Katherine, Darwin

Published: 21st April 2021

STOCKFEED MANUFACTURING PLANT STAFFKATHERINE, NTNational Feed Co. manufactures a range of premium livestock... Read more

2nd Year

Warehouse Storeman – Exhibitions

Suwito Marrickville, Sydney

Published: 21st April 2021

Warehouse Storeman – ExhibitionsLooking for a strong energetic persons who has a can do enthusiastic attitude... Read more

Poster Distributor

sydney posters Sydney, Sydney

Published: 21st April 2021

Reliable persons with COMMON SENSE, initiative and decent English to distribute and display pole posters. Mostly... Read more

Day & Night Commercial Cleaners Wanted

Globe Workforce Solutions Karratha, Western Australia

Published: 20th April 2021

Work type: Permanent – Full TimeLocation: Karratha, WAHours: 40-50hrs per weekWorkdays: Mon-Fri and... Read more

Looking For A Skilled Labour / Installer / Joiner

Mariquino braddon, Canberra

Published: 20th April 2021

Hi, Everyone!.Mariquino is looking for Joiners | Installers | Labours .We have a project starting in the end of... Read more

Warehouse And Logistics Coordinator

Hendy HR Consulting Pty Ltd Condobolin, New South Wales

Published: 20th April 2021

Reporting to the NSW Warehouse Team Leader, the following are the duties and responsibilities for Warehouse... Read more

Bricklayers Labourer.

Premier Pointing Eastern Suburbs , Sydney, Sydney

Published: 20th April 2021

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

Timber Stacker

reid bros timber Yarra Junction, Melbourne

Published: 19th April 2021

Reid Bros Timber are looking for self motivated, reliable, physically fit workers to fill several positions at our... Read more

Labourer

IPA CBD - South East & North West, Melbourne

Published: 19th April 2021

We are currently seeking General Labourers happy to travel to the South East. We have numerous assignments, including... Read more

Shopfitting Labourer

Precision shopfitting Qld Cairns Central, Cairns

Published: 19th April 2021

1 x labourer wanted to work nights for 3 weeks in the cairns central shopping centre. You will be required to work... Read more

Casual Exhibition And Event Labour

Exponet Brisbane and Gold Coast Various Locations, Brisbane

Published: 19th April 2021

ExpoNet is a leading Exhibition company in Australia whom is seeking applicants to join our casual team of staff to... Read more

General Labourer

Emilia TOORAK, Victoria

Published: 18th April 2021

General labourer - strong and trustworthy required on casual basis approx 2ce/week to move and lift heavy objects in... Read more

Casual Llabourers Wanted

Clearspan Constructions Rockhampton, Queensland

Published: 16th April 2021

Casual labourers required for tent/marquee install at Beef Week in Rockhampton. Positions available now. Must be able... Read more

Cabinet Maker

Invision NT Coconut Grove, Darwin

Published: 16th April 2021

We are seeking a fully qualified tradesman in fabrication and installations.We are seeking someone who can work... Read more

Experienced Electrical Trade Assistants Or Qualified Electricians

Workfront Griffith, New South Wales

Published: 16th April 2021

Workfront is a recruitment agency who employs people on a casual Labour hire arrangement for a variety of different... Read more

2nd Year

Welder/boilermaker

Prices Fabrication Steel Williams, Western Australia

Published: 15th April 2021

Price’s Fabrication + Steel, based in Williams, design, fabricate and build sheds. We have a casual full time... Read more

2nd Year

Carbon Fibre Components

LSM Advanced Composites Toowoomba, Queensland

Published: 15th April 2021

Want full time work for up to 6months?We manufacture complex components in carbon fibre. The work is procedure... Read more

Meat Processing Jobs In

Task labour Australia 30 Industry Park Dr, Brooklyn VIC 3012, Victoria

Published: 15th April 2021

** Meat Processing jobs in Brooklyn, VICLocation : Brooklyn, VIC 3012We currently have jobs/positions... Read more

Experienced Cabinet Maker / Installer

Alpha Joinery PTY LTD winnellie, Darwin

Published: 15th April 2021

Alpha Joinery is looking for a Qualified Factory Cabinet Maker/joiner and installer, to join our team. The candidate... Read more

Forestry Planters / Spade Speed Planters

Ecoplant Australia Mid North Coast - Multiple Locations, Central Coast

Published: 14th April 2021

ARE YOU AFTER A NEW CHALLENGE? DO YOU APPRECIATE NATURE AND WORKING OUTDOORS? DO YOU HAVE SPEED SPADE TREE PLANTING... Read more

Experienced Roof Plumbers

Cremco Roofing Pty Ltd Kingsgrove, Sydney

Published: 14th April 2021

Cremco Roofing is an expanding roofing business based in Sydney South West servicing all of Sydney in all aspects of... Read more

Roof Plumber

Cremco Roofing Pty Ltd Kingsgrove, Sydney

Published: 14th April 2021

Cremco Roofing is an expanding roofing business based in Sydney South West servicing all of Sydney in all aspects of... Read more

Casual School Cleaners

Cleanwork Australia Herston, Brisbane

Published: 14th April 2021

About the Company: Cleanworks Australia is one of Australia’s largest commercial cleaning companies, and the winner... Read more

General Labourer

Ian McGufficke Bathurst, New South Wales

Published: 14th April 2021

Two days general labour work for one person or one day for two people.Lifting and stacking pavers in West Bathurst... Read more

Chicken Boning

* Wingfield, Adelaide

Published: 14th April 2021

Hi there,Looking for people interested in chicken boning. We pay by bucket, so the faster you cut the more money... Read more

2nd Year

Wild And Seek Requires Carpenter/ All Round Handy Man For Cottage Renovation

Wild and Seek Wiseman Ferry - St.Albans, New South Wales

Published: 13th April 2021

Wild and Seek is a luxury off-grid tiny cabin company based in rural NSW offering everyday Australians to escape the... Read more

Event Set Up / Labourers / General Hands Launceston

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Launceston, Launceston

Published: 13th April 2021

Carrick - 22ks from LauncestonWe require general labourers require for work commencing 16th April to approx 20... Read more

General Hand / Removalists / Labourers Sydney & Suburbs

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 13th April 2021

General Labourers Sydney & suburbsWe are seeking fit and reliable staff ideally with relocation and general hand... Read more

Event Set Up / Labourers / General Hands Qld

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Brisbane, Brisbane

Published: 13th April 2021

Seeking event laboures for work on Thursday / Friday in Brisbane and Monday at Southport (Gold Coast)Must... Read more

Builders Labourer

Silverleaf Constructions Northbridge, Sydney

Published: 13th April 2021

We have a casual labourers job available at our site in Northbridge.This is a residential job with predominantly... Read more

Fruit Packer - Casual

Adelaide Hills Fresh Monarto South, South Australia

Published: 13th April 2021

We are currently looking to employ 2 x casual fruit packers in our apple packing warehouse based in Monarto, South... Read more

Moving Furniture - Heavy Lifting

Private Labour Work Earlville, Queensland

Published: 12th April 2021

2 Strong workers required for approx 4 hours to re-arrange a storage shed full of furniture & household goods.Heavy... Read more

Construction Labourer

hotel sophia city, Melbourne

Published: 10th April 2021

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

Handyman

competent Builder & Developer pty ltd werribee, Melbourne

Published: 9th April 2021

Need a labourer , physically fit for residential demolition job. Should be able to handle tools Rates hourly basis Read more

Short Term Packing Staff

Mrs Mac's Morley, Perth

Published: 8th April 2021

I know 'If it's not a Mrs Mac's, take it back!' but tell me more about Mrs Mac's…Mrs Mac's is an iconic and... Read more

2nd Year

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.