Labourer Jobs for Backpackers

Meat Processing Labourers

The Midfield Group Warrnambool, Victoria

Published: 22nd September 2020

WE ARE CONTRACTORS!!! NO DEPOSIT!The Midfield Group is hiring . Can work immediately as long as finishing... Read more

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2nd Year

General And Skilled Labourers Required

Hunter Labour Hire Sydney, Sydney

Published: 22nd September 2020

General and Skilled Labourers RequiredHLH Group are busy working with the best construction companies in Sydney +... Read more

New

Construction Labourers $29.24 Per Hour, Manly Nsw

Workfast Manly, Sydney

Published: 22nd September 2020

Workfast is looking for Experienced General & Construction Labourers to join their team on residential and commercial... Read more

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General Hand / Removals Wangaratta Vic

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Wanagaratta, Victoria

Published: 22nd September 2020

Regional VICWe require 4 labourers for relocations / labouring work for 10 days commencing on or around the 16th... Read more

New

2nd Year

General Labourer / Installer

D&C Solutions Group minto, New South Wales

Published: 22nd September 2020

D&C Solutions Group Is a growing Business based in Minto looking for general labourer's / installer's who can start... Read more

New

General Labour To Clean Up House Reno

Hartley Forestville, Sydney

Published: 22nd September 2020

1 day general labour to remove waste to a skip onsite at a house renovation. 8:00-16:00 - 8 hrs $200 on 24/9/20 Read more

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Events Worker

The Events Company Rockhampton, Queensland

Published: 21st September 2020

Fit couple who are keen to travel with a giant portable Ghost train up the East Coast of Queensland. Must be hard... Read more

New

Labourers With White Card

IPA South East Melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 21st September 2020

We are currently seeking General Labourers willing to trravel to the South East Suburbs. We have both casual and... Read more

New

Landscape Labourer/gardener

Johns Edge Hill, Cairns

Published: 21st September 2020

Help wanted with home maintenance, landscaping, garden tidy up, cleaning and lots of other home maintenance jobs.... Read more

New

Tiler - Experienced - Nt

The Kingsmen Darwin, Darwin

Published: 21st September 2020

Want to make $2000 a weekFree Accommodation$200 food allowance a weekAre you a Tiler ?We have anew... Read more

New

2nd Year

Cabinet Makers / Carpenters Urgently Needed In Adelaide

The Kingsmen Adelaide, Adelaide

Published: 21st September 2020

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

New

2nd Year

Warehouse Workers Required Tomorrow

Hunter Labour Hire Prestons, Sydney

Published: 21st September 2020

Looking for 2 - 3 warehouse assistants for an immediate start. Must have own transport and not live in a hostel. Work... Read more

New

Carpenters Needed To Start In Sydney Asap

The Kingsmen Sydney, Sydney

Published: 21st September 2020

Looking at coming back to Sydney ? Ready for Christmas ??We have a fantastic client who was an English backpacker... Read more

New

2nd Year

Removalist Wanted Brisbane

MLB Removals Petrie Terrace, Brisbane

Published: 21st September 2020

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

New

Labourers 23/24 Sep

Auxilium Resources Belrose, New South Wales

Published: 20th September 2020

4 Labourers required in Belrose NSW next Wed 23 and Thurs 24and maybe Fri 25Role will be load and unload trucks and... Read more

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Gardening Labourer

ProLawn Green-keeping Services Pymble, Sydney

Published: 19th September 2020

ProLawn is a small business based on Sydney's upper North Shore.Every spring we service residential homes in the... Read more

New

Meat Factory Workers For Immediate Start

Seasonal Solutions Albany, Western Australia

Published: 19th September 2020

We are looking for strong, fit and healthy Backpackers with good work ethics to join our friendly team of workers... Read more

New

Welder/fabricator

Hobbs Engineering Kellerberrin, Western Australia

Published: 19th September 2020

We are a family owned manufacturing business in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia. We specialise in grain... Read more

New

2nd Year

Casual Trampoline Installer

Springfree Trampoline Oakleigh South, Melbourne

Published: 18th September 2020

We build the Springfree Trampoline because we believe your backyards should be a place for safe play.... Read more

New

Construction Labourers Wanted

Amrick MELBOURNE, Victoria

Published: 18th September 2020

We are a specialist contractors based in Melbourne, with a number of active sites across Melbourne CBD and... Read more

New

Tarping- Constrcution Labourer

Ellett Contracting Regional WA- Moora, Cranbrook, Western Australia

Published: 17th September 2020

Ellett Contracting are a construction company specialising in Agriculture Infrastructure. Currently we are seeking a... Read more

2nd Year

Amrick - Construction Labourers Required

Amrick Specialist Contractors Melbourne CBD and Surrounds, Melbourne

Published: 17th September 2020

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

Casual Labourers/offsiders

CG Recruitment BRISBANE, Brisbane

Published: 17th September 2020

CASUAL LABOURERS NEEDED NOW!- Brisbane Region- White Card- ASAP startMUST HAVE A DRIVERS LICENCE AND BE... Read more

Carpenter

Hughes Randwick, Sydney

Published: 16th September 2020

One bedroom apartment available in exchange for house maintenance which includes carpentery work,painting, electrical. Read more

Food Production Operators

Bestlan Group of Companies Bohle, Townsville

Published: 16th September 2020

Job DescriptionAn opportunity to be apart of a company whose core expertise in fruit and fruit technology has... Read more

Labourers

Labour solutions Australia Canberra, Canberra

Published: 16th September 2020

5 Labourers needed for worked 17/09/2020 3 pm start Read more

Cellar Hands - Vintage 2021

Kingston Estate Wines Kingston On Murray, South Australia

Published: 16th September 2020

Kingston Estate is one of Australia’s largest and most progressive family-owned wine companies and vineyard owners,... Read more

2nd Year

Building Maintenance/linemarkers Assistance

L 4 Linemarking Lilydale, Melbourne

Published: 16th September 2020

The person we are looking for would be helping out in a team doing Carpentry work, concrete floor preparation for... Read more

2nd 3rd Visa Meat Works In Hunter Valley Area Scone, Nsw With Bonus

Task Labour Australia scone, New South Wales

Published: 15th September 2020

JBS SCONE BEEF Meat processing plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Hunter valley area Scone,... Read more

2nd Year

Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals St Kilda, St Kilda

Published: 15th September 2020

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

Pick & Pack (pick To Light) Fresh Food Warehouse In Enfield

Zoom Recruitment ENFIELD, Sydney

Published: 14th September 2020

Experienced pick/packers required for fresh food warehouse based in Enfield.We are looking for candidates who are... Read more

Handyman

Cameron pastoral company Goondiwindi, Queensland

Published: 14th September 2020

We are looking for 2 people to do some handyperson type work, we are about 100Ks out of town and accommodation is on... Read more

2nd Year

Building Site Labourer

Expanda Van Homes Pty Ltd SOMERSBY, Central Coast

Published: 13th September 2020

Casusl position.$25 per hour paid daily.Immediate start.General building site clearing and assisting tradesmen... Read more

Labourer

Patlin Building Services Russell Lea, Sydney

Published: 13th September 2020

Wantedlaborer Monday & Tuesday to shovel sand in buckets and carry 25 meters distance to put into a skip bin.... Read more

Exceptional People Wanted ! Great Team - Great Culture - Great Fun

1800-GOT-JUNK Nerang, Gold Coast

Published: 13th September 2020

Is this the BEST job you've heard of?Uni Student? Extra Money?We are looking for a fresh and friendly face to... Read more

Netting Structure Builder

Elite Netting Colignan Victoria, Mildura

Published: 12th September 2020

We currently have positions available for individuals to join our team in Colignan Victoria.Elite Netting build... Read more

2nd Year

Offsider With Experience Preferred Also Strong,fit And Reliable

unbeatable removals NORTH RYDE, Sydney

Published: 12th September 2020

Removals company looking for an Experienced and physically fit ,VeryStrong person for removals jobs house moving,... Read more

Furniture Removals Driver/offsider

Man With A Truck melbourne, Melbourne

Published: 11th September 2020

Man With A Truck is having growing pains again and is looking for people who think outside the box to join our... Read more

Meat Processing Labourers

The Midfield Group Warrnambool, Victoria

Published: 11th September 2020

WE ARE CONTRACTORS!!! NO DEPOSIT!The Midfield Group is hiring . Can work immediately as long as finishing... Read more

2nd Year

Christmas Casual Factory Work

CG Recruitment WACOL, Brisbane

Published: 10th September 2020

WANT SOME EXTRA MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS!CG RECRUITMENT ARE CURRENTLY ADVERTISING FOR-- Day shift & Afternoon... Read more

The Best Junk Removalist

1800-GOT-JUNK albion, Brisbane

Published: 10th September 2020

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

Labourers

AB RECRUITMENT Melbourne City, Melbourne

Published: 10th September 2020

We are currently seeking labourers to join our team for ongoing work.The Job is to start MONDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER... Read more

Landscape Gardener

Landart Landscapes Sydney, Sydney

Published: 10th September 2020

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

2nd 3rd Sa Port Wakefield Meat Processing Jobs(no Q Fever Vaccine )

Task Labour Australia port wakefield, South Australia

Published: 10th September 2020

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

2nd Year

Harvest Work

Ellis and Sons Group Pty Ltd COWRA, New South Wales

Published: 10th September 2020

Harvest Works Urgently Needed - Manufacture of Agricultural TarpaulinsWe are an industrial textiles company... Read more

2nd Year

Experienced Subcontractor Gardener

gardening4u sydney, north shore, Sydney

Published: 9th September 2020

Join a friendly small gardening business that offers all customers but especially older Australians the opportunity... Read more

Truck Driver

Living Edge Rental Clifton Hill, Melbourne

Published: 9th September 2020

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

Tree Workers / Labourers

Treeraider Dundas valley, Sydney

Published: 9th September 2020

Tree workers/labourers required for a busy tree removal company immediate start for the right person.Must have... Read more

Warehouse Packer

Ams Eastlakes, Sydney

Published: 8th September 2020

Staff required for picking , packing orders and Monday to Friday Minimum shift is 6hrsimmediate startMust be... Read more

Warehouse General Hands

Ams Hillsdale, New South Wales

Published: 8th September 2020

Staff required for picking , packing orders and Monday to Friday Minimum shift is 4hrsimmediate startMust be... Read more

Meat Packer, Slicer

Tasklabour Australia Strathfield South, Sydney

Published: 8th September 2020

meat packers/slicers 4 positionsImmediate startRate: 24.36/hWork TIme: 5:00AM-1:00PM, Mon. - FriLocation:... Read more

Pick Packer

E Retail Logistics HIllsdale, Sydney

Published: 8th September 2020

warehouse Staff required for picking and packing orders Monday to Friday until Christmasimmediate startplease... Read more

Electrical Trade Assistant

Workfront Griffith, New South Wales

Published: 8th September 2020

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

Letterbox Distributors Wanted In Sydney

Letterbox Distributors Darlinghurst, Bondi, etc, Sydney

Published: 8th September 2020

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

Two Full Time Farm Labourers

Blantyre Farms YOUNG, New South Wales

Published: 7th September 2020

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

2nd Year

Starting Sept 2020 -fun & Relaxed Carpet Cleaning Job -pay Up To $1000 Pw -no...

Amazing Carpet Cleaners COOGEE, Bondi Beach

Published: 7th September 2020

STARTING SEPT 2020Busy carpet cleaning company located in the Eastern suburbs seeks mature, outgoing staff to... Read more

Painting

Hicks & Co Quality Painters Albany, Western Australia

Published: 7th September 2020

Experienced painter wanted in beautiful Albany on the coast of Western Australia. Albany wins all kinds of tourism... Read more

2nd Year

Fresh Orange Juice Vending Machine Attendant

ForPurposeCo Alexandria, Sydney

Published: 7th September 2020

The following are the primary responsibilities of the role: -• Work as part of the operations team to help... Read more

Press Operator

Australian Cleaning Rags Padstow, Sydney

Published: 6th September 2020

We require a fit, healthy and happy person to join our team. The successful applicant will be a hard worker, reliable... Read more

Gardening/ Labour

Webster Noosa North Shore, Sunshine Coast

Published: 5th September 2020

North Shore Noosa, $25.00 per hour general gardening for two Workers Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th. Raking, stick... Read more

Construction Site Labour

Sunny Gardening Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 4th September 2020

Construction site Labour need, site clean, bricks move, rubbish move. Call 0401200685 Read more

Factory Hand - Stone Mason

Saba Group Yatala, Gold Coast

Published: 4th September 2020

Seeking enthusiastic people to work in our Stone Masonry business.Job description:-Working on Water jet... Read more

2nd Year

2nd 3rd Visa Meat Works In Gundagai, Nsw

Task Labour Australia Gundagai, Sydney

Published: 4th September 2020

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

2nd Year

Food Production & Packing

Tamac Investments Clontarf, Brisbane

Published: 3rd September 2020

We are currently seeking experienced Food Process & Packers for an Australian owned company based in the Redcliffe... Read more

Tree Planter

Timberwolf Planting Sydney, Sydney

Published: 3rd September 2020

So you're thinking of planting some plants hey? We can help you there!We are looking for motivated, driven and... Read more

Skilled Labourer In Correctional Centre Expansion Project

DAYJOB RECRUITMENT Sydney, Sydney

Published: 3rd September 2020

Dayjob Recruitment is looking to hire 2 skilled labourers to start working in Silverwater Correctional Centre... Read more

General Site And Demolition Labourer

ANZ Enviro Pty Ltd Malaga, Perth

Published: 1st September 2020

Great opportunities for work and see some of the state too with opportunities of working away for a few weeks.We... Read more

2nd Year

Laboring And Building Experience Next 3 To 6 Months.

The Historic Bredbo Inn bredbo, New South Wales

Published: 1st September 2020

Laborer and building experience to help out with work for the next 3 to 6 months.Accommodation , meals , Wifi ,... Read more

2nd Year

Mine And Exploration Geologist Roles

Munro Geological Services Cobar, New South Wales

Published: 31st August 2020

Munro Geological Services is looking for two highly motivated experienced geologists for the following positions.... Read more

Looking For A Couple To Work On Property (farm Hand, Cleaning, General...

Solitaire Homestead Naturaliste, Western Australia

Published: 31st August 2020

We are are looking for a couple who enjoy working outdoors, working hard and have a can do attitude. The job has... Read more

Factory Workers

Chandler Macleod Osborne Park, Western Australia

Published: 31st August 2020

Chandler Macleod have Factory Worker positions available, based in a chicken factory in Osborne Park.The hourly... Read more

Meat Processors / Labourers

Labour solutions Australia Bordertown, Adelaide

Published: 31st August 2020

Location – Bordertown South AustraliaWages – pay rate, $26.00 Per hourShifts - Full time hours 38 hrs... Read more

2nd Year

Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals Brisbane, Brisbane

Published: 31st August 2020

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

Experienced Landscaper

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

Published: 31st August 2020

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

Roofing Trade Assistant

Yeppoon Beach House Yeppoon, Queensland

Published: 31st August 2020

A local roofing and plumbing company is looking for a hard working males to join their team.The job is to assist... Read more

2nd Year

Removalists Wanted

MLB Removals Brisbane, Brisbane

Published: 30th August 2020

Removalists WantedJob DescriptionExcellent opportunity to become part of a growing companyOpportunities to... Read more

Plant Operator Seed Processing

Seedtech Pty Ltd Young, New South Wales

Published: 28th August 2020

With a busy season already predicted for summer, Seedtech is now seeking a full-time, part time or casual employees... Read more

2nd Year

Meat Processing Jobs In Melbourne Brooklyn

Task Labour Australia Brooklyn, vIC, Melbourne

Published: 28th August 2020

JBS Brooklyn Meat Processors plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Brooklyn, VICknife... Read more

Recycling And Waste Sorters

EC Sustainable Sydney, Sydney

Published: 27th August 2020

Hi,We have positions available as a waste and recycling bin collector and sorter in a research team. The roles... Read more

Deckhands

Ld Fishing Darwin in Duck pond, Northern Territory

Published: 27th August 2020

Workers wanted for commercial Barramundi boat for one month in Darwin.Needs to be fit to pull net, willing to work... Read more

Labourer

SpeedRack Ingleburn, Sydney

Published: 27th August 2020

Labourers needed for immediate startSouth West Sydney - Ingleburn - short walk from train stationExperience... Read more

Motor Mechanic

Volks CentreCairns portsmith, Cairns

Published: 26th August 2020

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

Gundagai Meat Processors

Gundagai Meat Processors Gundagai, New South Wales

Published: 26th August 2020

Gundagai Meat Processors (GMP) is one of Australia's most innovative, progressive and trusted lamb processors.An... Read more

Warehouse Assistant And Parts Painter

MASPRO Engineering Condobolin, New South Wales

Published: 25th August 2020

Maspro Engineering manufactures after-market spare /replacement parts for the mining industry, while also providing... Read more

Trades Assistant

WAAE Cockburn Central, Perth

Published: 24th August 2020

Trades Assistant for busy commercial Solar experience previous trades experience particular electrical is essential.... Read more

Fencing

VT Balgowlah, Sydney

Published: 24th August 2020

I'm putting new PVC fence in front of the house and side boundaries with neighbors.It would be about 12 ready... Read more

Confectionery Packing

sweetorchards Kyabram, Victoria

Published: 24th August 2020

We are looking for a motivated person to work in our factory packing candy into jars and performing other associated... Read more

Warehouse Workers Required Urgently

Hunter Labour Hire Liverpool, Sydney

Published: 24th August 2020

Looking for 2 - 3 warehouse assistants for an immediate start. Must have own transport and not live in a hostel. Work... Read more

Warehouse Workers Required Urgently

Hunter Labour Hire Liverpool, Sydney

Published: 24th August 2020

Looking for 2 - 3 warehouse assistants for an immediate start. Must have own transport and not live in a hostel. Work... Read more

Handyman

World Blue Sydney City, Sydney

Published: 21st August 2020

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

Furniture Delivery / Warehouse Assistant

Advantage Property Styling Banksmeadow, Sydney

Published: 21st August 2020

Advantage Property Styling is a home styling company that helps to prepare properties for sale.This is a varied... Read more

Electrical/telecommunication Trade Assistants

Workfront Griffith, New South Wales

Published: 21st August 2020

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

Construction Labourers Wanted!

Network Recruitment Group Perth Metropolitan, Perth

Published: 21st August 2020

The team here at Network Recruitment Group specialise in the recruitment of skilled labour for well renowned... Read more

General Labourer

Hunter Labour Hire Sydney, Sydney

Published: 20th August 2020

Hunter Labour Hire are looking for skilled labourers for an immediate start on various sites through the Sydney... Read more

Hydraulic Fitter

MURACA ENGINEERING Melbourne, Victoria

Published: 20th August 2020

SEEKING A HYDRAULIC FITTER WITH EXPERIENCE IN HYDRAULIC PLUMBING, FITTING AND REPAIR, Read more

Painter Requiried In Adelaide / Sydney / Brisbane

The Kingsmen Adelaide, Adelaide

Published: 20th August 2020

Are you a painterWe have multiple clients across Australia who are always on the look out for more painters.... Read more

2nd Year

Labour Needed (immediate Start)

Wu Lawson, Canberra

Published: 20th August 2020

I am currently working on a landscaping project at the house and need someone can help me to dig and move the dirt.... Read more

Sa Meat Workers 2nd 3rd Visa Work With Good Bonus Reward

Task Labour Australia Bordertown SA, Adelaide

Published: 19th August 2020

Bordertown Meat Processors plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Bordertown, SAabout 3 hour... Read more

2nd Year

Container Unloader / Forklift Driver

Australian Container Unloading Group Prestons, Sydney

Published: 19th August 2020

Physically fit, keen and reliable forklift operators and labourers required for immediate starts in sites in... Read more

2nd Year

Food Process Workers

CG Recruitment Bankstown, Sydney

Published: 19th August 2020

FOOD PROCESSORS REQUIRED FOR BUSY CHULLORA FACTORYDay shift and Afternoon Shifts available dependent on... 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.