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Electricians install and maintain electrical equipment for homes and businesses. The move to clean energy is changing how we source and use energy. Victoria needs skilled workers who can adapt.

Find out what an electrician does and the related Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and pathways you can take to secure a job.  

What is an electrician?

Electricians set up and manage electrical products and systems for homes and businesses. As an electrician working in clean energy, you will:

  • develop detailed plans
  • diagnose electrical faults
  • perform repairs
  • install and test systems
  • help ensure systems meet clean energy objectives.

Find out more about electricians(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 electricians in Australia is $1,749.  

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 electrician 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.

RegionWorkers 2023Workforce growth 2023-2026New workers needed by 2026
Melbourne – inner metropolitan4,3951.0%321
Melbourne – inner south-east metropolitan1,6430.5%90
Melbourne – southern metropolitan7,2950.6%431
Melbourne – northern metropolitan5,0310.7%309
Melbourne – eastern metropolitan5,4240.6%325
Melbourne – western metropolitan4,3970.6%258
Ballarat and surrounds (Central Highlands)1,2710.6%77
Bendigo, Echuca and surrounds (Loddon Campaspe)1,3990.2%65
Geelong, Colac and surrounds (Barwon)2,3781.0%170
Horsham and surrounds (Wimmera Southern Mallee)276-0.7%<10
Mildura, Swan Hill and surrounds (Mallee)5470.0%23
Shepparton, Seymour and surrounds (Goulburn)9740.5%56
Wangaratta, Wodonga and surrounds (Ovens Murray)7960.7%51
Warrnambool, Hamilton and surrounds (Great South Coast)529-0.2%18

Source: Victorian Skills Authority employment forecast dashboard

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