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Builder’s labourer

The growing demand for clean energy facilities means more jobs for construction workers. Builder’s labourers perform routine tasks on construction sites. Between ongoing investment in construction and movements towards sustainable practices, opportunities for upskilled workers are set to rise.

Find out what a builder’s labourer does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job.

What is a builders labourer?

A builder’s labourer performs a range of onsite tasks. You may load and unload tools and equipment. You may mix and pour materials like concrete or plaster, or help install pipes, valves and fittings. It’s a catch all role, one that suits people who take to physical work.

Find out more about builder’s labourers(opens in a new window) and these related jobs on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

Search for related VET courses on the Victorian Skills Gateway(opens in a new window):

You may be eligible for government funding to help pay for your course.

Average salary

The average weekly earnings for builder's labourers in Australia is $838.  

Source: Your Career(opens in a new window) 

Note this salary is current as of May 2024 and is indicative only. A range of salaries apply to different roles across the industry.

Job demand in Victoria

Below are the employment forecasts for building and plumbing labourers jobs in Victoria. Figures show the number of workers in 2023 and the new workers expected to enter the workforce by 2026.

‘New workers expected’ accounts for workers adding new jobs to the economy and replacing retirees over the next 3 years. These forecasts are estimates only. There will be additional jobs available as people move between jobs and industries.

Specific data is not available for builder’s labourers.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan2,429-0.6%81
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan869-1.2%14
Melbourne – southern metropolitan3,017-1.0%67
Melbourne – northern metropolitan2,070-0.9%52
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan2,288-1.1%47
Melbourne – western metropolitan1,964-1.0%45
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)519-1.0%12
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)581-1.4%<10
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)1,069-0.6%36
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)123-2.3%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)241-1.7%<10
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)437-1.0%10
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)307-1.1%<10
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)220-2.0%<10

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard 

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