Labourer Jobs for Backpackers

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General Labourer

Jericho Developments pty ltd CAMPSIE, New South Wales

Published: 26th January 2022

General Labouring cleaning and Garden work Read more

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Civil Construction

Coonara Farm Stay Tocumwal, New South Wales

Published: 26th January 2022

Drawn to beautiful countryside sunsets?Experienced in civil construction?Perhaps your skills even extend to... Read more

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Renovations Labour

Max Construction Gordon, New South Wales

Published: 25th January 2022

Labour, assistant for renovations Read more

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Production Work / Factory Hand Moorabbin Immediate Start

Excellent Plating Works P/L Moorabbin, Melbourne

Published: 25th January 2022

3 day weekendWork type Casual/vacationSalary $25.51Factory hand position Melbourne - Earn money in Melbourne... Read more

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Construction Labourers

Network Recruitment Group Perth

Published: 25th January 2022

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

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Linemarker Assistant / Labourer - Immediate Start

Linemarking Solutions Botany, Sydney

Published: 25th January 2022

We are a linemarking company based in Botany.We are looking for a linemarker and/or a labourer who can assist.... Read more

 

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Car Washer/ General Hand

Eastern Suburbs automotive BOTANY, New South Wales

Published: 25th January 2022

Eastern suburbs automotive are a European car mechanics workshop in botany. We are looking for an energetic person... Read more

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Workers Wanted

Ld Fishing Francis Bay Darwin, Darwin

Published: 24th January 2022

WORKERS WANTEDFor Commercial Barramundi boat in Darwin. Must be fit to pull net , deckhand work .Call 0402442850 Read more

 

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Demolition/general Labourers

Noble Works Australia Sydney

Published: 24th January 2022

Noble Works Australia Pty Ltd require several hard working and reliable labourers to start immediately.Must have:... Read more

2nd Year

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Carpenters

M.D. Projects (VIC) Pty Ltd Melbourne

Published: 24th January 2022

MD PROJECTS (VIC) are looking for Qualified commercial Carpenters with internal fix work experience to join our team... Read more

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Labourer

F.G James Pty Ltd Glen Iris, Melbourne

Published: 24th January 2022

Long established business has an opportunity for a subcontractor with general building skills. The successful... Read more

Garden Labourer

Boyle Sydney North shore, Sydney

Published: 23rd January 2022

Casual position available min 2 days per week. General garden and lawn mowing work.Hourly rate min $25 up to $30... Read more

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

KILCOY GLOBAL FOODS Kilcoy QLD, Sunshine Coast

Published: 21st January 2022

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

Labourer

Tycen Demolitions Sydney

Published: 20th January 2022

Our busy demolition business has several openings available for fit and motivated individuals to work on site to... Read more

Field Team Member ( Lr Truck License Provided)

1800gotjunk Clayton, Melbourne

Published: 20th January 2022

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

Labourers Needed

Aussie Rendering and Patching Pty Ltd Sydney Metro, Sydney

Published: 20th January 2022

Aussie rendering and Patching are seeking enthusiastic labourers to assist with various sites throughout Sydney... Read more

 

Labourer / Demolition Labourer

Bare Demolition Sydney

Published: 20th January 2022

We are looking for reliable labourers. All work visa's welcome!- Top hourly rate- Monday to Saturday work... Read more

2nd Year

 

Junk Removalist

1800-Got-Junk? Artarmon, Sydney

Published: 20th January 2022

APPLY TODAY & START AS SOON AS THIS OR NEXT WEEK!1800-GOT-JUNK? is growing and looking for positive, physically... Read more

Warehouse Storeperson

cornick pty ltd Mulgrave, New South Wales

Published: 19th January 2022

Wanted able warehouse workers for:- Loading and unloading- Picking and packing- Stock control- Sending and... Read more

2nd Year

Cabinet Maker/joiner - Exhibition Builder

Suwito Marrickville, Sydney

Published: 19th January 2022

Cabinet Marker/ Joiner – Exhibition Builder- Exhibition Joinery Workshop in Marrickville- Factory and Onsite... Read more

Construction Labourer

Network Recruitment Group Newman, Western Australia

Published: 18th January 2022

We have an exciting long term work opportunity available for a labourer to work on the brand new Newman Hospital and... Read more

2nd Year

 

Labourer

KNOWIT CONSTRUCTIONS PTY LTD Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 18th January 2022

We require Labourers to work across our many projects throughout the Sydney metro area.We have a diverse range... Read more

 

Labourer/driver

Waverley Party Hire Keysborough, Victoria

Published: 18th January 2022

Waverley Party Hire is seeking the services of a labourer/driver.The job entails the installation and dismantle of... Read more

Entry Level - Recycling Sorter/labourer

Valera Recycling Auburn, New South Wales

Published: 18th January 2022

Recycling Warehouse in Auburn requires Labourers for manually sorting of waste/recycling materials. (Forklift Licence... Read more

Meat Processing Worker

Partners In Professional Outsourcing Pty Ltd Smithton, Tasmania

Published: 18th January 2022

Meat Process Workers Required!Attractive rate.38 Hours Per WeekPIPO Recruitment and Labour Hire are currently... Read more

 

Construction Labourers Required - Ongoing Work

HLH Group - Hunter Labour Hire Sydney

Published: 18th January 2022

IMMEDIATE START: General and Skilled Labourers Required: Full-Time RoleHunter Labour Hire are seeking driven,... Read more

Installer

Paristone Enterprises Pty Ltd Melbourne

Published: 17th January 2022

Our network is Australia's largest energy efficiency operator, organising mass consumer action on energy efficiency... Read more

 

Butcher/meat Processor/ Packer

Crossroads Game Meats Port Augusta, South Australia

Published: 17th January 2022

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

2nd Year

Experienced And Inexperienced Factory Hand Wanted..

rosette sydney, Sydney

Published: 16th January 2022

Hours of work: 8am - 2pm.. Monday-Friday , you will earn a pay rate of btw $28 -$32 per hour. This is a temp to perm... Read more

Truck Driver

ABCO Remedial Alexandria, New South Wales

Published: 14th January 2022

Truck Driver for a 4t TipperWorking on building sites - loads to various tips.Generally 8-10hrs a day - 5 days a... Read more

Van Driver

Harvey Courier & Transport Harvey, Western Australia

Published: 13th January 2022

Harvey Courier, a friendly family run business operating since 1984. Owners are dedicated to growing the town and... Read more

Maintenance Manager-spectacular Kimberley Region-remote Western Australia

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Broome, Western Australia

Published: 13th January 2022

Maintenance Manager-Spectacular Kimberley Region-Remote Western AustraliaMLKA Hospitality Recruitment specialises... Read more

Maintenance Manager-remote Northern Territory

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Darwin, Northern Territory

Published: 13th January 2022

Maintenance Manager-Remote Northern TerritoryMLKA Hospitality Recruitment specialises in remote, live in... Read more

Maintenance Supervisor-resort Style Property-kimberley Region-remote Western...

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Broome, Western Australia

Published: 13th January 2022

Maintenance Supervisor-Resort Style Property-Kimberley Region-Remote Western AustraliaMLKA Hospitality... Read more

Mechanic / Maintenance Coordinator-remote Northern Territory

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Darwin, Northern Territory

Published: 13th January 2022

Mechanic / Maintenance Coordinator-Remote Northern TerritoryDo you have strong bush mechanic skills?We need... Read more

Carpenter Required

Snow Gate Motel BERRIDALE, New South Wales

Published: 13th January 2022

We are looking for an experienced carpenter to work on our property.You need to have at least 3 years experience... Read more

2nd Year

Cleaner

Flexiforce Bundanoon, New South Wales

Published: 13th January 2022

Domestic cleaner required 2 days per week 5 hours per day Monday & Thursday in BundanoonTo be successful you will... Read more

Trades Assistant

TRP Ductwork Maddington, Perth

Published: 12th January 2022

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

Beenleigh Fulltime Fencing Factory Labourer

Moreton Metal Co Pty Ltd Beenleigh, Queensland

Published: 12th January 2022

We are a family run business looking to add to our team.Probation 2 weeks, $25/H, Fulltime... Read more

Demolition Workers Needed For Ongoing Work In Qld

Totally Stripped Queensland, Gold Coast

Published: 12th January 2022

Labourers needed for ongoing demolition work in QLDFull Time or Part TimeImmediate start must have own ABN,... Read more

Event Set Up F1 Labourers / General Hands

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Melbourne

Published: 12th January 2022

We are seeking keen and reliable COVID vaccinated labourers for container decants, event set up, FF & E and... Read more

General/event Labourers

Australian Recruitment Company Sydney & Surrounding Suburbs, Sydney

Published: 12th January 2022

We are seeking keen and reliable Labourers for container decants, event set up, offsiders and relocation work in and... Read more

Labourer

Sofraco Engineering Systems Alexandria, Sydney

Published: 12th January 2022

Engineering company seeking persons to supplement existing workforce for major project.Located near Sydney CBD.... Read more

Fencing Team Member

Donnybrook Rural Fencing Donnybrook, Western Australia

Published: 11th January 2022

Donnybrook Rural Fencing is looking for a motivated, physically fit and reliable person to fill a current role in our... Read more

Skilled Construction Landscape Labourer

CDM Landscapes North Shore NSW, Sydney

Published: 11th January 2022

CDM Landscapes is a well-respected, word of mouth Landscape Construction Company, with over 20 years’ experience in... Read more

Production Worker - Casual

Alsco Pty Ltd Wollongong

Published: 11th January 2022

• $26.69 per hour for anyone 18 years and over (inc grade 2 award rate and casual loading)• $25.77 per hour for... Read more

Labourer

Sports Court Sydney Pty Ltd North Rocks, Sydney

Published: 10th January 2022

We are looking for a labourer to join our Sports Court Business. We install sports courts for residential properties... Read more

 

Scaffolder

Down South Scaffolding Busselton, Western Australia

Published: 7th January 2022

We are looking for qualified scaffolders or people with previous scaffold experience to work in the lovely South... Read more

2nd Year

Builder's Labourer

. Malvern, Melbourne

Published: 7th January 2022

Casual labourer wanted for a few days work on a high end residential build. May lead to further work if suitable.... Read more

Mechanical / Hydraulics Fitter Team Leader

Copper Bottomed Recruitment Pty Ltd Acacia Ridge, South West QLD

Published: 7th January 2022

Established and renowned company located south side of Brisbane is a manufacturer of heavy vehicles and machineries... Read more

Event Set Up / Labourers / General Hands Brisbane

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Brisbane

Published: 7th January 2022

Our client, a national event set up company requires general labourers to assist them both in their warehouse in Nth... Read more

Warehouse Assistants Required Mon-fri 6am-2pm Ongoing Weekly Roster $27.83 P/h

Zoom Recruitment Erskineville, Sydney

Published: 4th January 2022

General warehouse assistants required for clean cosmetics warehouse based in Erskineville.Ongoing weekly roster!... Read more

Carpenter-remote Northern Territory

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Darwin, Northern Territory

Published: 3rd January 2022

Carpenter-Remote Northern TerritoryMLKA Hospitality Recruitment specialises in remote, live in hospitality roles... Read more

Diesel Mechanic-remote Northern Territory & South Australia

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Darwin, Northern Territory

Published: 3rd January 2022

Diesel Mechanic-Remote Northern Territory & South AustraliaMLKA Hospitality Recruitment specialises in remote,... Read more

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic-remote Northern Territory

MLKA Hospitality Recruitment Darwin, Northern Territory

Published: 3rd January 2022

Heavy Vehicle Mechanic-Remote Northern TerritoryAre you a superstar Heavy Vehicle Mechanic looking to use your... Read more

Labourer

Darren Jackson Electrical Tamworth NSW, New South Wales

Published: 30th December 2021

2nd Year VisaLooking for a labourer for minimum 3 months to assist our electrical installation team with a... Read more

2nd Year

Handyman / Gardener

Chelah Palmerston, Darwin

Published: 30th December 2021

Handyman/ Gardener wanted on a needs basis. Person needs to be physically in Darwin or Palmerston. Needs to know how... Read more

General Consruction Labourer

Contractors United Sydney

Published: 22nd December 2021

Contractors United are currently seeking the services of experienced general labourers to work alongside our clients... Read more

Cabinet Maker/ General Labourer

Alpha Joinery PTY LTD Winnellie, Darwin

Published: 21st December 2021

Alpha Joinery is looking for a Cabinet maker/ General Labourer to join in our team in Darwin. The candidate will be... Read more

Builders Labourer

Hand Hewn Homes Little Hartley, New South Wales

Published: 20th December 2021

I’m building a colonial style sandstone house with reclaimed convict sandstone and recycled timber. I need someone... Read more

Need Manual Labour Help On The 24th Through To The 25th Of December

Artisan Oranements Perth

Published: 20th December 2021

Work involves driving around in a truck to shopping centres and packing up kiosks. Will likely start around 3/4pm on... Read more

Tree Removal Frankston

Pro-cut tree services Melbourne, Victoria

Published: 17th December 2021

Pro-cut tree services specialise in tree care facilities such as tree pruning, Tree removal Frankston, tree trimming,... Read more

 

Timberwolf - Tree Planters Wanted For Melbourne! Dig Deep, Plant Hard!

Timberwolf Planting Melbourne + Regional Areas, Melbourne

Published: 17th December 2021

Tree Planting is about grit and determination. It’s about comradery and mateship. It's about pushing yourself to... Read more

 

Timberwolf - Tree Planters Wanted For Sydney

Timberwolf Planting Greater Sydney + Regional Areas (Incl. ACT), New South Wales

Published: 17th December 2021

Tree Planting is about grit and determination. It’s about comradery and mateship. It's about pushing yourself to... Read more

Enjoy Working In The Outdoors - Landscape Construction

Horizon West Landscape Constructions Perth Metro/Regional, Perth

Published: 16th December 2021

Horizon West Landscape Constructions is seeking fit, motivated “outdoorsy” people to join our dynamic Landscape... Read more

2nd Year

Crew Team Members

Harry the Hirer BROOKLYN, Victoria

Published: 16th December 2021

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

 

Building Labouring

Windridge Farms Young, New South Wales

Published: 16th December 2021

Windridge Farms are looking for 3 casual employees to assist over the summer period. Come and join our fun team and... Read more

 

Landscape Labourers

J&JJ Landscaping Hills District, Sydney

Published: 15th December 2021

J&JJ Landscaping is a full service building company located Hills District of Sydney specialising in: Landscape... Read more

General Hand / Removalists / Labourers Sydney & Suburbs

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Sydney

Published: 15th December 2021

We are seeking keen and reliable labourers for container decants, event set up, FF & E and relocation work in and... Read more

Event Set Up / Labourers / General Hands - Melbourne And Suburbs

ARC Staff - Australian Recruitment Company Melbourne, Victoria

Published: 15th December 2021

We are seeking keen and reliable COVID vaccinated labourers for container decants, event set up, FF & E and... Read more

Domestic Cleaner - Casual

Maid to Clean St Kilda

Published: 15th December 2021

About UsMaid to Clean is a premium, home cleaning company that provides the highest quality cleaning services to... Read more

Offsides Removals

EZ MOVE Brisbane

Published: 14th December 2021

Hey there.We need someone to help us out for tomorrow Wednesday 15/12/21.Offsider work, probably 7-8 hours... Read more

 

Geophysics Team Member

Fender Geophysics Artarmon, New South Wales

Published: 14th December 2021

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

Meat Processing Worker

Task labour Australia 206 Kingaroy Barkers Creek Rd, Kingaroy QLD 4610, Queensland

Published: 14th December 2021

** Poultry Process WorkersLocation :QLD : 1)Kingaroy, 2)ToowoombaNSW : 1)Wetherill park 2)GundagaiSA :... Read more

Labourer

ACUG Redbank, Brisbane

Published: 14th December 2021

Join the crewACUG Container Crews are currently recruiting high achievers and who are willing realise their full... Read more

 

Motor Mechanic

jax tyres BROOKVALE, Sydney

Published: 14th December 2021

As an Automotive Technician (Motor Mechanic – Light Vehicle), you will be required to carry out the servicing and... Read more

 

Tyre Techican

jax tyres BROOKVALE, Sydney

Published: 14th December 2021

As a Tyre Technician, you will be required to carry out the fitting, balancing, repairs and general servicing of... Read more

Laundry Work - Several Vacancies Available

Alsco Melbourne FOOTSCRAY, Melbourne

Published: 13th December 2021

. IMMEDIATE START. MONDAY TO FRIDAY WORK. OVERTIME AVAILABLEWE ARE A LARGE MULTI NATIONAL COMPANY SUPPLYING... Read more

 

Landscaper - Gardening - Horticulture

Landart Landscapes North Manly, New South Wales

Published: 13th December 2021

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

Helping Hand/labour Hire

Dance Floors Sydney

Published: 12th December 2021

Helping hand/labour hire required for Sunday 19th at 11pm. Job will take between 2-3hrs to complete as we will be... Read more

Carpenters Labourer

Contained Carpentry & Construction Buderim, Sunshine Coast

Published: 11th December 2021

Looking for a labourer to give me a hand on my current job Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th of this week. Installing VJ... Read more

Chicken Boning

Khat Wingfield, Adelaide

Published: 10th December 2021

Job DescriptionHi there. Looking for people interested in chicken deboning. Experience is not necessary as we... Read more

2nd Year

Sheet Metal Welder | Wanted Asap!

Spartan Doors Kurri Kurri, New South Wales

Published: 10th December 2021

Sheet Metal Welder | Wanted ASAP!Want to earn some extra cash for the holidays or work with your hands during... Read more

Meat Processing Job

Whales Workforce Cranbourne East, Victoria

Published: 9th December 2021

Meat Processing Job [Whales Workforce] – 9th December 202120+ positionsCasual – Full timeMonday –... Read more

Commercial Laundry Production Workers

CQ Commercial Laundry Emerald, Queensland

Published: 9th December 2021

We are currently looking for Casual Production Workers who are reliable, fit, strong, can work fast in a hot... Read more

2nd Year

Marine Workers - Shipwright And Spray Painters

Sydney city Marine Rozelle, Sydney

Published: 9th December 2021

Sydney City Marine, Sydney AustraliaSydney City Marin operates , Australia’s most comprehensive commercial... Read more

2nd Year

Process Worker

Milne Agrigroup Kendenup, Perth

Published: 8th December 2021

Mt Barker Chicken is a West Australian family-owned company that's passionate about our product and a leader in the... Read more

Boiler Maker

DWA Industrial Derby, Broome

Published: 7th December 2021

Busy little enterprise looking for Boiler maker/Welder, aluminium fabricatorAccommodation available on site for... Read more

Heavy Duty Diesel Mechanic

DWA Industrial Derby, Broome

Published: 7th December 2021

Busy little Company looking for Heady Duty Diesel Mechanic3 months commitment minimumAccommodation available for... Read more

Skilled Construction Labourers

Portolesi Structural Various Sites Across Adelaide, Adelaide

Published: 7th December 2021

G'day!Portolesi is looking for casual staff to assist with our ongoing construction projects.Types of works we... Read more

2nd Year

Night Grounds Person - Eden

Discovery Holiday Parks Eden, NSW, New South Wales

Published: 7th December 2021

About UsDiscovery Parks is Australia's largest owner operator of holiday and accommodation parks located in more... Read more

 

Construction Labourers, General Labourers And Skilled Labourers Required For...

HLH Group - Hunter Labour Hire Sydney

Published: 7th December 2021

Have you been dreaming of Oz for the last 2 years, well now’s your chance the borders are opening up and all are... Read more

Labourers And Forklift Drivers

Kingz Container Crew Pty Ltd Sydney

Published: 7th December 2021

We are looking for fit and motivated people to join our container crew at various locations across the city.The... Read more

Labourers And Forklift Drivers

Kingz Container Crew Pty Ltd Melbourne

Published: 7th December 2021

We are looking for fit and motivated people to join our container crew at various locations across the city.The... Read more

Installation Assistant, Joinery.

Pro Sculpt Thomastown, Melbourne

Published: 6th December 2021

Looking for enthusiastic guys to help within our Custom Joinery Factory.Plenty of work in a good environment.... Read more

Landscape Landscaper

Ecoplant Australia SYDNEY, Sydney

Published: 6th December 2021

Do you like working outdoors? Do you like a challenge?This is the job for you: Tasks will include: Planting... Read more

Carpenter/roofer

Crawford Constructions Pty Ltd Moree, New South Wales

Published: 6th December 2021

Are you a carpenter or roofer looking for work?We have a exciting position currently on offer!Most work is Monday... Read more

 

Offsider With Experience Preferred Also Strong,fit And Reliable

unbeatable removals NORTH RYDE, Sydney

Published: 6th December 2021

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

Light Landscaping

Jones Illawong, Sydney

Published: 4th December 2021

Light landscape labouring to maintain property and extend existing steps and pathway Read more

Labourers- Garden Clearance & Furniture Move

Private Avalon Beach, New South Wales

Published: 4th December 2021

Looking for 2-3 strong men to clear a garden and carry furniture into the house.Good rateMonday 6/12/218-3pm 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.