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Get your hands dirty

Construction Labourers undertake tasks that help work run smoothly on job sites.

To work as a Construction Labourer in Australia, formal qualifications are not necessary, as on-the-job training is usually provided.

However, it is important to ensure you have the required certification needed to work on construction or building sites, such as a White Card.

What will I be doing?

  • Preparing and cleaning sites for construction.
  • Digging trenches.
  • Loading and unloading construction supplies.
  • Using power tools, such as drills and saws.
  • Operating vehicles, such as skid loaders and forklifts
  • Install plumbing or piping.
  • Operate pumps or compressors.
  • Review plans or specifications to determine work requirements.
  • Direct vehicle traffic
  • Position construction form or moulds
  • Signal equipment operators to position equipment.
  • Apply sealants or protective coatings.
  • Mix substances or compounds needed for work activities.
  • Smooth surfaces with abrasive materials or tools
  • Test air quality at work sites
  • Measure work site for dimensions
  • Mark reference points on construction materials
  • Remove worn, damaged or outdated materials from work areas.
  • Compact or smooth materials to create a level base.
  • Assemble or disassemble temporary equipment or structures.
  • Maintaining a safe job site by reporting incidents.

Transferable skills used:

  • Construction 52%
  • Production processes and machinery 13%
  • Work activities preparation 7%
  • Safety and hazard management 6%
  • Cleaning and maintenance 6%
  • Vehicle operation 4%
  • Operating procedures and processes 3%
  • Quality control and inspections 3%
  • Science and mathematics 3%
  • Material transportation 2%
  • Security & Emergency Services 2%

Skill level needed (out of 10)

  • Numeracy 3 Basic
  • Digital engagement 2 Basic
  • Teamwork 6 Intermediate
  • Writing 4 Intermediate
  • Reading 5 Intermediate
  • Learning 4 Intermediate
  • Problem solving 5 Intermediate.
  • Oral communication 5 Intermediate
  • Planning & organizing 5 Intermediate
  • Initiative & innovation 6 Intermediate

How to become a Labourer:

To work as a Construction Labourer in Australia, formal qualifications are not necessary, as on-the-job training is usually provided. However, you must have the required certification to work on construction or building sites, such as a White Card.

Highly Recommended:

CCF High Vis Army pre-employment course = 6 weeks

Other options:

Tas TAFECertificate II Construction Pathways

Further training is available through RTO’s, with funding via Keystone Tasmania.

What to find out more?

Contact us if you would like to find out more about working in Civil Construction, Labourer.

View Labourer Fact Sheet (PDF)