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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
Task Labour Australia scone, New South Wales
Published: 15th September 2020
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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
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Published: 13th September 2020
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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
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Published: 10th September 2020
Pork Meat Processors plant currently have ongoing casual positions available in Port Wakefield, SA It will take about... Read more
Amazing Carpet Cleaners COOGEE, Bondi Beach
Published: 7th September 2020
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DAYJOB RECRUITMENT Sydney, Sydney
Published: 3rd September 2020
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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
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
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
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!
So, is a labourer job the right choice for you, the working holidaymaker? Let's sum up the pros and cons.
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.