Labour, trades & construction jobs in Australia

In addition to a fun working environment and great pay, Aussie tradies get to work outside in the sunshine, wear shorts and singlets, take ‘smokos’, handle dangerous power tools and knock off around 3pm to head to the beach. Not bad at all!

Australia’s construction industry (which includes carpenters and joiners, electricians, plumbers, builders, painters and decorators, concreters and bricklayers) employs over 845,000 people – and even more are needed.

With a labour shortage of skilled tradespeople, this a highly accessible industry for working holiday makers. The flexible and often short-term nature of the work is ideal and many trades are listed on the Australian Government’s Occupations in Demand list, making skilled migration or employer-sponsored migration very possible.

Work is available everywhere, in both metropolitan and regional areas. Around 40% of construction jobs are outside state capital cities, with the majority of work being in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Similar to fruit picking and harvest work, construction work enables travellers to get a 12-month visa extension after working 3-months or more in approved regional parts of Australia.

And, its not just a job for the boys! Many girls can find themselves well paid jobs on worksites or as Road Traffic Controllers.

To work on a construction site in Australia it is a requirement that you hold an OH&S General Induction Certificate or “White Card” as it’s commonly known.

Find construction jobs in Australia

To search for bar jobs in Australia, visit Travellers At Work. TAW is Australia’s largest job database just for travellers, with thousands of positions available.